Senator Chuck Schumer raised his concerns against the Army using TikTok as a platform to recruit young men and women in a letter* to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy this past Thursday. According to military.com the recruitment rates dropped last year. This year they have seen an 11% increase in recruitments and credited social media to contributing to the increase. In his letter, Schumer acknowledged that while the army has to adapt to the new ways of recruitment, they have yet to be approved by the Homeland security for this new technique. “I urge you to assess the potential national security risks posed by China-owned technology companies before choosing to utilize certain platforms” stated Schumer. TikTok is a Chinese owned company and is managed by ByteDance. TikTok has access to the user’s IP address and location. However in a statement** released on their newsroom webpage, Tik Tok stated that it stores all user data in the United states with a backup in Singapore. The data centers themselves are located in China but none of that information is accessible by Chinese government officials.
Supreme court justices are leaning towards Trump’s decision to formally end DACA. Several dreamers and DACA supporters rallied outside of the supreme courts and streets had to be shut down due to overcrowding. Justice Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh were among the court justices who seemed inclined to shutting down DACA. Several federal courts and lawyers have continued to fight for DACA, stating that is unlawful for the program to end without a proper explanation for their decision. Justice Sonia Sotomayor agrees and states that more explanation is needed as “This is about a choice to destroy lives”*. Several companies including the US chamber of commerce and Microsoft have put in their support for DACA as well. Apple’s CEO stated “They, and immigrants like them, are vital to Apple’s success. They spark creativity and help drive innovation. They are among our most driven and selfless colleagues”. A final ruling is expected to be made in the summer of 2020.
Dean’s milk, the largest milk producer in America, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday. Dean’s has stated that they are working with Dairy Farmers of America to try and save the 94-year-old company from drowning in debt and worker’s pensions while they look for a buyer for the company. With a 7% decline, the Dean foods company has seen a loss in stocks by 80%. Dean’s blames its downfall on the “accelerated decline in the conventional white milk category”* as more and more consumers turn to milk alternatives that are less sugary and vegan. Currently, the milk alternative market is at 18 billion in revenues, a 3% increase from last year. With large companies such as Walmart turning away from Dean’s, they do not expect to continue much longer.