TikTok is one of the most popular social networking app for sharing short user-produced video clips, with an estimated 100 million users in the U.S. as its government considers a TikTok Social network app Ban and many more around the world.
TikTok features mostly teenagers in short video clips doing choreographed dances, roller skating, hanging out in influencer mansions and many other things.
TikTok is often referred to as a “lip-syncing” app, which makes it sound like it’s some online karaoke experience. But a closer comparison would be Vine, Twitter’s still sorely missed short-form video app whose content lives on as YouTube compilations.
While it’s true that TikTok is home to some standard lip-syncing, it’s actually better known for its act-out memes backed by music and other sound clips, which get endlessly reproduced and remixed among its young users.
It has been widely circulated that some countries like India, Canada, Australia and U.S are about to ban TikTok with the U.S. having a steady increase in the number of users.
What you need to know
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, one of the largest tech companies in China and this has become a subject of intense scrutiny by lawmakers, regulators and privacy activists.
It has been reported in U.S. that there are even activists using TikTok to influence elections, including a network of teenagers and K-pop fans who claimed they used the app to sabotage President Trump’s rally by registering for tickets under false identities.
It has become so serious that companies including Wells Fargo, and government agencies including the Transportation Security Administration in the U.S., have instructed their employees to delete TikTok from their work phones because of concerns that it could be used for surveillance.
The U.S. move to ban the popular TikTok social network is a significant escalation in ongoing technology tensions between the U.S. and China, building on earlier U.S. action against hardware companies such as Huawei and ZTE.
It also reflects some U.S. officials’ desire for greater reciprocity in the U.S.-China relationship such as when China blocked Facebook, Twitter, and Google (2009), given that many U.S. technology companies cannot operate freely in China.
The proposed TikTok ban, according to the Trump administration, is intended to safeguard the privacy of U.S. citizens and shield data about them and government officials from the Chinese government.
The Wall Street Journal reported that a deal to sell the short-form video app’s or consider a TikTok Social network app Ban in US business has hit a roadblock because it’s unclear whether new Chinese regulations covering the export of artificial intelligence extends to TikTok’s algorithm.
Is there a Threat?
It is believed that if data collection by a company with overseas connections comprises a threat, there are threats all around. The data that TikTok collects pales in comparison to, say, what most American tech companies (as well as banks, credit agencies, and hotels) collect, both visibly and less so.
What will likely prove a more pressing threat to U.S. customers is much more low-tech: Setting a precedent of banning everyday technologies could quickly spiral out of control and seriously disrupt almost all international trade.