Today is Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Here’s what you need to know:

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As TikTok grows in popularity (and controversy), other big tech companies are scrambling to keep up.

Enter Facebook’s new meme-making experiment, Whale. The app was slipped onto the Canadian App Store earlier this month and allows users to create and share memes based on a stock library and share them on social media, The Verge reported.

The app isn’t Facebook’s first beef with TikTok: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg previously took aim at the rival app after it reportedly censored content that was critical to the Chinese government. TikTok was originally launched in China.

“The Chinese government does not request that TikTok censor content, and would not have jurisdiction regardless, as TikTok does not operate there,” a TikTok representative told The Verge.

Whale is far from the first experimental app launched by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team. According to The Verge, other experimental apps launched by the company include *“Moments, Notify, Lifestage, Poke, Slingshot, Tbh, Moves and Hello.” 

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