TikTok faces its biggest threat yet; Earth Day tips for sustainable living

By Suzanne Nuyen
The latest effort in Congress to force TikTok to be sold is the most serious threat yet to the app's future in the U.S.
The latest effort in Congress to force TikTok to be sold is the most serious threat yet to the app’s future in the U.S.
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TikTok is facing its biggest threat yet in the U.S. ban the social media appattached to a large package of aid
  • NPR’s Bobby Allyn tells Up First that ByteDance will face two major complications in trying to sell TikTok: its price and algorithm. One of the most popular apps in the world will be extremely expensive. And, China has said it will not approve the selling of TikTok’s algorithm. “To buy a social media app without the algorithm is like buying Coca-Cola without its secret recipe,” Allyn says. “Who would want that?” 
The Supreme Court will hear a major homelessness case today punished for sleeping outside
  • Today’s case centers on the small city of Grants Pass, Ore., which has a population of just under 40,000 and is a symbol of just how widespread the problem has become. An appeals court in cases from Grants Pass and Boise, Idaho, ruled that fining people for sleeping outside if they have nowhere else to go amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment,” NPR’s Jennifer Ludden reports. Officials in these states say rules are needed to keep public spaces safe and open to everyone. A lawyer opposing the rule argues that punishing someone for something they have no control over will only make things worse because it’s harder to find housing if you have a criminal record.
Europe is heating up twice as quickly as the global average, factors driving Europe’s rapid warming

Life advice

There’s a lot going on with the Earth these days.things you can do to live more sustainably
  • Cut back on meat. You don’t have to go vegan — a little goes a long way. When you eat seafood, try to make sure it’s local or fish pole- or line-caught.
  • Wear your clothes for as long as you can. Try to think beyond trends and become a more mindful shopper.
  • Freeze your produce to make it last longer and avoid waste. You can even freeze food scraps to take to your local compost collector.
  • Take note of how much plastic you use, then try to cut back.
  • Switch to clean energy and climate-friendly appliances like induction stoves.
  • Use your voice and your vote. Let companies and your representatives know that climate is a top priority for you.

Picture show

As the sun sets tonight, Jewish people around the world mark the beginning of Passover.
  • Around the world, bread — and the lack thereof — plays an important role in many conflict zones and humanitarian crises. See photos of people from Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan and more and read about what bread symbolizes for them. 

3 things to know before you go

  1. A new AI art installation inspired by Salvador Dalí’s famous lobster phone sculpture will let visitors pick up the crustacean-shaped receiver, ask a question, and hear the surrealist artist’s response.
  2. Cher, Dave Matthews Band and Ozzy Osbourne are among this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. See the full list here.
  3. A U.S. Navy sailor who previously served in Japan has been convicted of attempted espionage and other related charges.
This newsletter was edited by Majd Al-Waheidi. Anandita Bhalerao contributed.
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