Trump vs. TikTok; Hard Seltzer Bubbles to the Top: Monday’s First Things First

Plus, which brands are returning to Facebook this month?

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The Battle Between Trump and Tiktok Escalates

The ongoing confluct between President Trump and TikTok reignited when he told reporters that he intended to ban the app as soon as the weekend. Despite the fact that Trump doesn’t have the authority to do that—our explainer goes into great detail what he can do—TikTok went on the defensive over the weekend, issuing a statement emphasizing that it has hired 1,000 American employees, supports American creators and stores U.S. user data in the U.S. “with strict controls on employee access.”

Sunday night, Microsoft released a statement saying it’s still intending to pursue TikTok. The deal would see Microsoft own and operate the platform in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Inside the conflict: TikTok has denied accusations that user data is shared with Beijing officials and says it’s “not planning on going anywhere.”

Premium | Is Hard Seltzer Here to Stay—or Will It Go the Way of the Wine Cooler?

Over the past two years, the hard seltzer category has grown from 10 brands to more than 65 (during the three weeks it took to report and publish this story, two more seltzer brands were announced), and it’s showing no signs of slowing, with sales booming during the pandemic despite the overall alcohol industry suffering. Brands are fueling the category’s growth with fresh campaigns, creative product offerings and timely targeting of the health and wellness trend.

White Claw first leveraged that trend by marketing its seltzer as a lighter-than-beer option by clearly showing its nutrition facts on the can—and that strategy has extended across the category. Molson Coors’ Vizzy, too, plays up its vitamin C content with careful packaging choices, while smaller brewery Crook & Marker touts its organic ingredients and zero sugar.

Watch: Creative campaigns have led to additional hype and growth for brands both big and small.

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Here’s Where US Data Privacy Regulation Is Headed

On the last day of Adweek’s virtual summit NexTech, privacy experts from the ad tech and legislative spaces discussed what’s next for regulatory action in the U.S. and beyond. Chris D’Angelo, chief deputy attorney general for economic justice at the New York attorney general’s office, said that the country would be better off with federal privacy legislation and enforcement—which Stu Ignis, partner at law firm Venable LLP, predicted will be a priority in 2021—but that states can also go above and beyond what the federal government decides.

Watch: D’Angelo also argued that the CCPA places too much burden on consumers to educate themselves about privacy before making decisions about it.

After July’s Boycott, Which Brands Are Coming Back to Facebook?

Even as the #StopHateforProfit campaign calling on advertisers to boycott Facebook came to an end on Friday, many brands were still deciding whether to return their ad spend to the platform and on Instagram. Many, like Chipotle and Facebook, will not return to the platforms this month, while others like the North Face (one of the first to announce its commitment to the boycott) will return after “constructive conversations with Facebook.”

Explore: Learn who all is likely to return, and what factors into these decisions.

Washington NFL Team Asks Fans to Create New Name and Logo—for Free

Inviting the public to weigh in on its new branding, the Washington NFL team formerly known as the Redskins posted a form that fans can use to upload suggestions—and designs—for a new name and logo. But some pointed out that asking fans to do a “Fiverr-inspired” redesign was a questionable replacement for hiring a branding agency.

Work for free: Indeed, a disclaimer on the form makes clear they’re giving up all rights to their submissions, with no pay or credit offered.

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Bumble and Babe Wine Are Alleviating the Stress of Pandemic Breakups

The dating app Bumble is teaming up with canned wine brand Babe to cover moving costs for people facing a breakup in the midst of the pandemic, including $600 formoving fees and $100 for Babe wine to soften the blow. Bumble will also help the five winners perfect their profile and help “remove all traces of your ex from your phone.”

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@JessZafarris jessica.zafarris@adweek.com Jess Zafarris is an audience engagement editor at Adweek.
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