TikTok turns into a political battleground in Russia – TechCrunch

We take an in-depth look at the use of TikTok in Russia, the Facebook Oversight Board looks beyond Facebook and Sesame Workshop supports an Edtech fund. This is your daily crisis for February 11, 2021.

The big story: TikTok becomes a political battlefield in Russia

Russia has a small but rapidly growing and vocal group of TikTok users. And while activities in the past have been largely apolitical, a battle seems to be brewing between the government and young activists who support anti-corruption and Putin politician Alexei Navalny.

“Before Navalny’s return, Russian TikTok was all about dancing, pranks, and post-Soviet rubbish aesthetics,” said food blogger Egor Khodasevich. “Suddenly, political videos are popping up in all categories – humor, beauty, sports.”

The technology giants

According to the Facebook Oversight Board, other social networks are welcome if the project is successful. The Facebook Oversight Board has only been up and running for a short time, but the emerging project is already looking to the future.

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Startups, Financing and Venture Capital

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Goldman Sachs and Sesame Workshop are investing money in this edtech company’s newest fund – Reach Capital III is a $ 165 million investment vehicle.

Reduct.Video Raises $ 4M to Simplify Video Editing – The startup’s technology is already used by clients including Intuit, Autodesk, Facebook, Dell, Spotify, Indeed, Superhuman, and IDEO.

Advice and analysis of extra crunch

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