As entertaining as TikTok is (and it’s very entertaining), there have been some very actual issues in regards to the video-sharing app ever because it first got here on the scene. As you might already know, the app originated from China and is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based web expertise firm. Being a Chinese language app clearly doesn’t make TikTok inherently harmful, however there are a selection of issues in regards to the app that make some folks cautious of utilizing it.
Is TikTok shutting down?
So far as whether or not TikTok can be shutting itself down, that’s a tough no. The video-sharing app has develop into wildly in style and boasts greater than 1.5 billion customers all over the world (yep, that’s a b for billion). Greater than 120 million of these customers are from the U.S. There’s no method ByteDance would make the choice to close down the app until they had been one way or the other compelled to.
Nonetheless, there’s a non-zero probability that the U.S. might additionally select to ban the app resulting from nationwide safety issues. A 2019 investigation by an American suppose tank described TikTok as a “Huawei-sized drawback” that posed an enormous nationwide safety menace. That’s as a result of the app can convey the placement, picture, and biometric knowledge of its customers to its mother or father firm.
In different phrases, TikTok collects every kind of knowledge on the individuals who use the app after which sends it straight to ByteDance in China. And, as a result of China Web Safety Legislation, ByteDance is legally unable to refuse to share that knowledge straight with the Chinese language authorities.
Not too long ago, Redditor u/bangerlol claimed to have reverse-engineered the favored video-sharing app, they usually got here to some startling conclusions relating to its potential threats to nationwide — and private — safety. “TikTok won’t meet the precise standards to be referred to as ‘Malware,’ nevertheless it’s positively nefarious and (in my humble opinion) outright evil,” they mentioned.
“There’s a motive governments are banning it. Don’t use the app. Don’t let your kids use it. Inform your pals to cease utilizing it. It affords you nothing however a fast supply of leisure that you could get elsewhere with out handing your knowledge over to the Chinese language authorities.”
u/bangerlol mentioned that whereas all social media apps accumulate person knowledge, TikTok collects far more person knowledge, hides the truth that it’s accumulating that knowledge, after which sends the info to the Chinese language authorities. That’s sufficient to make lots of people increase an eyebrow — or simply straight-up panic.
Everybody: “OMG China is stealing all our knowledge by way of TikTok it is terrifying”
Me: “So that you’re telling me China is aware of I went to Chick Fil A 10 instances this week? Cool”
— Ben (@benk) July 1, 2020
As of proper now, TikTok will not be shutting down, neither is it being shut down within the U.S. That being mentioned, we wouldn’t be stunned if that occurs someday sooner or later. Hopefully we’ll have Reels — Instagram’s proprietary model of TikTok — by then!