The End of Tik Tok?

Tik Tok has been one of the fastest growing apps in the world in recent years, however this did not come without many scandals regarding privacy concerns and app policies...

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Tik Tok has been one of the fastest growing apps in the world in recent years, however this did not come without many scandals regarding privacy concerns and app policies.

Indonesia was the first country to ban Tik Tok in 2018, however the government overturned its ban after Tik Tok agreed to increase security and restrictions on the app. Bangladesh later banned the app in 2019, both countries banning the app due to concerns of pornography and blasphemous content.

India is the most recent country to ban Tik Tok, just in late June 2020. The Indian government banned Tik Tok along with 58 other Chinese mobile apps. They claim that the Chinese applications are stealing user’s data and using it illegally, making it a threat to Indian national security.

The latest country that is looking at a Tik Tok ban is the United States. The government has already banned the app on any official government-issued device. The US has similar concerns to India in regards to privacy and data on the app. They believe that the company who owns Tik Tok, ByteDance, is stealing data from American users and giving it to the Chinese Communist Party.

Tik Tok users and influencers aren’t so keen of the idea of a ban, as they now have to start thinking of ways to transfer their followers to other platforms such as YouTube and Instagram. Although the idea of a Tik Tok ban isn’t so popular among the userbase, it may be a safer route to take India’s lead.

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