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TikTok, the second most downloaded app in the world during 2019, may be banned in the United States due to suspicion that the Chinese government is spying on users. Often referred to as the “lip-syncing” app with over 800 million users worldwide, TikTok is owned by Beijing tech giant, ByteDance. Being that the Chinese government is classified as an authoritarian regime, the U.S. has raised concerns that the app might be sending people’s data back to China. TikTok has also been accused of censoring content and using its platform to shape Beijing’s image for people around the world.
The Trump Administration wasted no time in addressing these concerns. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that Americans should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” Pompeo expressed, “we are taking this very seriously. We are certainly looking at it.”
Not only is the US government considering banning TikTok, but it has included all Chinese apps. Not only is the US at odds with China, but India is as well. After taking action against China over a territorial dispute, India banned TikTok along with 58 other Chinese apps citing similar fears. Europe has also raised concerns regarding the app.
TikTok has repeatedly denied these allegations, saying it is not influenced by China or any other foreign government. They also denied sharing data and have never been asked to do so. In an attempt to persuade the world of its trustworthiness, TikTok hired former Disney executive Kevin Mayer as CEO earlier this year. Tik Tok has also noted that they have hundreds of American employees.
Although Tik Tok is still available in the United States, users can update their privacy settings.
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