TikTok Security Issues and Why It’s Getting Banned

There have been news and unconfirmed rumours about TikTok posing security threats and many users aren’t sure if they should leave or delete the app.

TikTok is a fast rising video app, which is owned by a Chinese company ByteDance, with an estimated users of over 2 billion worldwide who share 15-second videos with quick edits, music, and filters.

Meanwhile, United States government and other governments are considering banning TikTok because of its alleged security threats.

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The U.S. lawmakers have been calling for an investigation and scrutiny of TikTok’s relationship with its parent company and the Chinese government and whether the app poses a counterintelligence threat in America.

TikTok have estimated 65-80 million active monthly users and over 175 million downloads in the U.S. alone.

In recent weeks, there are reports that that TikTok is a “Chinese spyware,” alleging that the app steals data from users’ devices and sends it to China. This claims haven’t been proven.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo revealed that the United States government is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps as well.

There were also reports this Friday that Amazon had asked employees to delete TikTok from their phones. However, Amazon retracted the news but that didn’t stop the widespread rumors that an app installed by hundreds of millions, might be tapping into emails.

India however successfully banned TikTok, along with 58 other Chinese apps last week. That ban was a blow to TikTok as India is its largest market, according to the BBC.

Australian officials have also said they are considering a ban.

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