TikTok could soon be banned from app stores

Feb 3, 2023

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TikTok could soon be banned from app stores

Feb 3, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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As the conflict between China and the U.S. progresses, lawmakers have now turned their attention to TikTok. A China-based company stands behind the super-popular app, so there are growing concerns that user data might end up in the hands of the Chinese government. Therefore, a Democratic senator recently urged on Apple and Google CEOs to remove TikTok from their app stores immediately.

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet said in his latter that Apple and Google should aim to remove TikTok from their stores as it poses “unacceptable risk to U.S. national security.” TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company that allegedly works closely with Chinese government. “Like most social media platforms, TikTok collects vast and sophisticated data from its users, including faceprints and voiceprints,” Bennet writes. But he claims that, unlike most social media platforms, it helps ByteDance to “support, assist, and cooperate with state intelligence work.”

Needless to say, TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world right now, and the U.S. is no exception. According to Bennet’s letter, it’s the third most popular social media app in the U.S., with more than 100 million users spending an average of more than 80 minutes per day on the app.

While a regular Joe sees TikTok as an app for fun, education, showing off, and stuff like that, in the eyes of the U.S. government, TikTok poses a threat to national security. Perhaps you remember that TikTok was banned from all federal government devices last year. “Given these grave and growing concerns, I ask that you remove TikTok from your respective app stores immediately,” Bennet concluded in his letter to Apple and Google CEOs.

I won’t get even started on growing Sinophobia and the fact that the U.S. and the rest of the world have much bigger concerns than TikTok. I mean I’d love to, but it would take me at least a day to write all of it and a bunch of anti-anxiety medications afterward. But let’s briefly discuss what removing TikTok from app stores means for its U.S. users.

If you already have the app, cool. You can use it as you have so far. However, it will become more difficult, if not impossible, to update it. With time, it will become more of a frustration than a fun experience to use it. At the same time, this opens doors to Instagram, Snapchat, and other apps to add even more TikTok-like features (in Instagram’s case, I don’t think that’s even possible, though). So instead of sharing your personal data with a Chinese company, you’ll share it with Mark Zuckerberg. And that’s so much better, isn’t it?

[via Digital Trends]

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2 responses to “TikTok could soon be banned from app stores”

  1. Libby Sutherland Avatar
    Libby Sutherland

    It must only be me, but I can’t stand video on the web. I hate it when there is an article on the web that has a good headline, then when I click the link, I get ported to a video, plus I have to sit through a commercial to watch it. Wastes my time. Don’t even get me started on the camera review guys who spend the first ten minutes begging for likes and subscribers. Anyway, on TT, never joined, don’t intend to, and I find the people on it highly annoying. There’s nothing of value on there for me. Canning it is ok for me, but I’m sure many will go into full blown hysteria if govt bans it.

  2. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    I tried…really tried to like tickity. My family and friends use it but for the .002% that are worthy or useful, the rest just sucks life force out of you that you will never get back. For me, if it is banned, I’d be like ..”Ding, dong the witch is dead…”