President Trump confirms that the U.S. is considering its options concerning banning TikTok.
TikTok (a Chinese company) has more than a billion users worldwide and more than 175 million downloads in the U.S. alone. But, the app has been controversial because of its Chinese origins and over its’ “alleged” data collection policies. Strangely enough it hasn’t slowed down its broad appeal mainly do to the stylistic content creatures the app has been able to draw.
Someone that should know about how governments work is former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State: Steve Ganyard. In a recent interview with ABC News Mr. Ganyard stated, “One cybersecurity expert described TikTok as a ‘data collection app masquerading as a social media app’ and went so far as to call it ‘outright evil.” He continues to elaborate, “So, TikTok collects everything about your phone. Everything about the hardware, who you talk to, when you talk to them, where you go on websites. Everything that is on that phone. To include where you are every 30 seconds is encrypted and sent-back somewhere to that company’s headquarters.”
What makes TikTok unsettling is that by Chinese law, organizations and companies are required by law to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services. Thereby essentially making it a tool of the Chinese government and its’ intelligence agencies. Obviously there is a reason for those on Capitol Hill to be concerned with something like that. They are calling for an investigation.
OK. A lot of apps collect personal data. That’s how apps operate. You either have to put-up with the ads or you give up some of your personal data. The difference here is that this one (TikTok) is associated with a hostile government agency with intelligence implications.
Sounds like the TikTok influencers may just have to find a new platform.