US President Donald Trump has vowed to outlaw TikTok, the microblogging social network that lets users upload short videos.
Some internet security experts have expressed concerns that the Chinese-owned service has inadequate data security and could be used to collect the personal information of its 800 million users across the globe.
The president may have more personal reasons to dislike the fast-growing social network too.
A prank organised by K-Pop fans to spam the registration system for Trump’s re-election rally in Tulsa was organised via TikTok, and American comedienne Sarah Cooper has garnered huge audiences for her 15-second lip-sync videos of the president’s press briefings.
Whatever his reasoning, the president has declared war on TikTok. “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” he told reporters on Air Force One on Friday.
The service is already banned in Australia and in India – where TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps have been cut off after border clashes between Indian and Chinese troops along the Himalayas have become increasingly violent.
There’s a simmering war along India’s border with China where some 200 troops have died in combat this year alone.
TikTok is not available in China itself ,but addressing the reports that the app could be sending data back to China TikTok’s parent company Bytedance said it does not comment “on rumours or speculation.”
The US side of the business is reportedly a takeover target for Microsoft, but any such move could be blocked by the US ban. A TikTok spokesperson has told US media outlets the company was “confident in the long-term success of TikTok” in the US.
Responding to fears that the platform could be used for propaganda purposes the company’s CEO, Kevin Mayer, said: “We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda – our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy.”
Source Daily Star – World News