TikTok Deal?

TikTok Deal?

Episode 317 – August 1, 2020


  • Undeadspin
  • TikTok…TikTok…TikTok
  • Denying Holocaust Deniers
  • Nike Ad: You Can’t Stop Us
  • Country Time’s Littlest Bailout Fund
  • Virtual Influencers
  • Covid Disinformation
  • Walmart Nazis
  • Conference Pause
  • Cancel Culture
  • Coronavirus Bubbles

During episode 317, BL and David discuss the pending/paused TikTok acquisition by Microsoft; Deadspinners split to Defector Media; Nike’s amazing You Can’t Stop Us ad; denying Holocaust deniers; Country Time’s little bailout fund; virtual influencers’ time may have come; the whole Stella Immanuel strangeness; the Walmart Nazis; the Consumer Electronics Show goes virtual until 2022; the Harper’s Letter decrying cancel culture;…and much, much more.

Best Practices


The journalists who took part in a staff rebellion last year are starting Defector Media, a company with a podcast and a website dedicated to sports and culture.


China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House but Microsoft put acquisition talks on hold after Trump indicated he planned to ban the app regardless of a deal.

A message to the TikTok community. pic.twitter.com/UD3TR2HfEf— TikTok (@tiktok_us) August 1, 2020

Denying Holocaust Deniers

Holocaust survivors around the world launched a campaign on Wednesday targeting Faceboo’s Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to take action to remove Holocaust deniers from the site. He has yet to do that, but the campaign continues.

Nike: You Can’t Stop Us

Nike’s latest ad sends a powerful message about Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Littlest Bailout Fund

Country Time launched ‘The Littlest Bailout Relief Fund’ campaign to support children who’s lemonade stand businesses have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Virtual Influencers

Brands try creating their own influencers to control their messaging.

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Worst Practices

Trump’s Expert On Demon Semen

Donald Trump’s new Covid doctor, Stella Immanuel, tweeted “Hello Facebook put back my profile page and videos up or your computers with start crashing till you do.”

Hello Facebook put back my profile page and videos up or your computers with start crashing till you do. You are not bigger that God. I promise you. If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name.— Stella Immanuel MD (@stella_immanuel) July 28, 2020

Walmart Nazis

A couple in Marshall, Minnesota wore red masks with a Nazi swastika to a Walmart in protest of Governor Walz’s “dictatorial” state-wide mask mandate.

This couple wore Nazi flags around their faces inside a Walmart in Marshall, MN to protest the statewide mask mandate that took effect today. I confirmed with a store manager. Video was posted to FB by Raphaela Mueller pic.twitter.com/t3v96PKh25— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) July 25, 2020

CES Goes Virtual

The chaotic Consumer Electronics Show is usually attended by 180,000 people. Its going virtual will be a huge blow to tech marketers who rely on CES to showcase upcoming products at an event that draws tons of press, tech enthusiasts, and buyers.

Cancel Culture

If democracy is to survive this era and thrive in the future, we need tolerance for ideas that are out of favor and an end to cancel culture.


pic.twitter.com/YtAhr7HveB— mike luckovich (@mluckovichajc) July 29, 2020
His girlfriend was struggling with her hair loss from alopecia.

Get out the tissues.

Humanity.🌎❤️ pic.twitter.com/EikwKnlACo— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 29, 2020

Shiny New Stuff

B.L.’s Finds

David’s Finds


Biden Online

BOOM: Over 100,000 views on our new Biden and Obama video in less than an hour. #YesWeCanAgain pic.twitter.com/SC8eyCh90g— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 1, 2020

Pro Tips

How Do You Say Your Name?

You can now record how your name is pronounced on your LinkedIn profile.

Weekly Numbers

Coronavirus Social Bubbles