The real reason behind USA banning TikTok
TikTok, with its viral dance routines and political activism videos, is trending worldwide. It has set records by having over 800 million active users and over 2 billion times downloads. Moreover, it is especially famous among people aged between 16 and 24. Marking it as a teenager’s favorite app.
Besides, exploding gaining popularity has raised many red flags around the world. In the US, officials are investigating whether TikTok is a threat to national security. They fear that the Chinese government is collecting the data. The app could pose a threat to its national security because of its Chinese ownership.
However, the Beijing-based technology company, ByteDance have denied their connection with the Chinese government. Saying “the suggestion that we are in any way under the thumb of the Chinese government is completely and utterly false.”
How much data the TikTok exactly collects?
TikTok’s data collection is comparable to other data-hungry social networks. When Comparing to Facebook, people believe it has much more data than TikTok. It usually collects:
- Videos that are watched and commented on
- Location data
- Phone model and operating system used.
- Keystroke rhythms people exhibit when they type
Further, Trump says, “We are looking at TikTok, we may be banning TikTok. We are looking at a lot of alternatives with respected TikTok.” One of the alternatives is for ByteDance to give in its ownership of TikTok. Which means, TikTok may be edging closer to a sale.
How Are People Reacting to The BAN?
Right now, people using TikTok are furious over the idea. Many have joined hands against the ban. They are already live-streaming and posting videos showing affection for TikTok.
Somewhat on social media, they even bash Trump by calling over his ridiculous idea.
People say, “Trump just simply can’t tolerate a Chinese app running so well in the US. It makes him and the American Tech companies look bad.”
On the flip side, people are somewhere supporting Trump on his decision. They say “YouTube (American-owned) is banned in China. Banning TikTok is long overdue. China doesn’t allow US-based social media or free markets. So, why should the US allow them to “sell” their social media to people in the US? No one-way streets on trade.”
The relations between US-CHINA are at their lowest point in DECADES. They have repeatedly clashed in recent months. They made disputes over trade, coronavirus, and Hong Kong. A social media commentator remarked the Chinese originality of app. He said, “This particular situation very much revolves around the China element and the origins of the app.” So, it’s very well possible that TikTok just got caught up in the US-CHINA clash.
When is the USA banning TikTok?
President Donald Trump sets a deadline for TikTok. Nearly on September 15th, the app should be sold to US company. Otherwise, the USA will be banning tiktok.
“I don’t mind if its Microsoft or just somebody else. A big company- a very “American company,” buys it. So, the United States’ treasury gets a lot of money, or else, it will close down on September 15th.”
Who else is banning Tik Tok?
We already know that It’s not just the United States seeking a ban. But, several other governments have also raised the alarm over the app.
Before India banned Tik Tok, earlier this summer, it had the most significant market outside China. The decision was made after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a border clash with Chinese troops on June 16th. When tensions escalated after the event, India imposed a ban on more than 50 Chinese apps. According to Forbes, Tik Tok may suffer a loss of dollar 6 billion due to the ban.
There is an ongoing investigation into the app, according to media reports.
THE EUROPEAN UNION
The app has come under scrutiny from the bloc’s data protection watchdogs. Who also launched a probe in its privacy policies mid-July.
Japanese lawmakers are building a case over Chinese-owned apps. Despite the growing popularity, they tend to take apps under examinations for privacy concerns.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has always ought to tighten his hold on social media. He has already banned Facebook, YouTube, and twitter from operating in the process. Until or unless they comply with government plans to regulate key platforms.
The government has previously issued a final warning to TikTok. They raised the same concerns as Indonesia. Moreover, they said the app would be blocked. Unless they remove “immoral, obscene and vulgar content”. Still, the warning issued had found unsatisfactory results.