Tick Tock, the familiar sound of clocks counting the seconds of each minute. Repeated by millions of children as an easy to do sound exercise but not the TikTok youth have downloaded all over the world. Recently their App was used for those at the BLM riots and others filmed young men, sucker-punching white Americans all over the US.
TikTok, a social media app is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. Called “China’s Facebook” for its size and ownership of popular social networking apps, it has been downloaded 1.5 billion times. The United States, whose government has acknowledged the People’s Republic Of China has stolen billions of dollars of intellectual property for US Corporations including defense contractors, is considering banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps.
From CNN Business
The United States is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says
The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.”
US government agencies are banning TikTok, the social media app teens are obsessed with, over cybersecurity fears — here’s the full list
The Transportation Security Administration became the latest federal agency to ban short-form video app TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance.
- TSA is the latest US government agency to ban TikTok on government devices.
- TikTok is a short-form video app especially popular among Gen Z, and it has amassed 1.5 billion downloads. Its parent is the Chinese developer ByteDance.
- US lawmakers have expressed concern over possible national security issues, and TikTok has faced accusations of censorship at the request of the Chinese government.
- The Pentagon also issued a warning in December that military personnel should delete TikTok from all devices due to “potential security risks associated with its use.”
The video platform has recently been criticized for censoring content that might offend governments in markets where it operates. In September, The Guardian saw internal documents that instructed moderators to censor content that could anger the Chinese government, including mentions of Tiananmen Square or Tibetan Independence. In a statement, TikTok said that these policies were no longer in use as of May.
US lawmakers have also been critical of TikTok as a potential security risk. In October, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida asked the Trump administration to investigate the app based on what he called “ample and growing evidence” of censorship at the request of China, while Sens. Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton wrote a letter to the head of national security asking for an investigation into the app as a counterintelligence risk.
For me and most of you reading this article, the loss of TikTok will not affect our lives entertainment-wise, but it has a good chance of helping prevent China from collecting more of our citizen’s data. Security must come before the hurt feelings of emotional snowflakes who can no longer watch endless days of videos.