All social media platforms are the same. I’m not on TikTok yet, not because I’m noncompliant, but because you can get the same short video content from reels on Instagram. However, I am not ignorant of the many concerns about the security of personal data on our platforms, especially those from the US government.
Recently, on an online forum, a member questioned the government’s concerns because Instagram and Facebook have also been selling personal data for over a decade. Here’s what people online have to say about this issue and their concerns.
Is China the problem?
A significant percentage of TikTok data may be available to the Chinese government. For example, one viewer claims that China has access to people’s real-time location information, making stalking and surveillance easier.
Others online worry that China could target people’s locations with missiles, drone strikes, or assassins if it needs to silence a particular person.
TikTok’s algorithm is one of the best because it accurately predicts viewing habits and people’s opinions. Unfortunately, it’s easy to spread propaganda aimed at specific people in this way.
it’s a very different situation
There is a big difference in how things are done in the free world and in dictatorships. Some say companies like Facebook only sell a fraction of their data to users without giving them full access to their databases. They have restricted access to a few people within their corporate structures, and if the U.S. government insists on full access, they will petition for that move.
The Chinese government, on the other hand, has authoritarian rules that require companies to grant the government access to all their data whenever requested. can go to
TikTok is a digital Trojan horse
Most people think TikTok is about silly cat videos and dance routines, but it’s not. Another contributor online wrote that TikTok is reporting to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The fact that they can reach more than half of America’s population is a real concern.
They also claim they are concerned that members of the US military are live-streaming on TikTok and may accidentally share sensitive information.
Any viewer can get their name from a uniform or ask for details about a job. Unfortunately, governments have the resources to mine even more information, posing a threat to national security.
TikTok promotes brainwashing
How often have you tried a recipe just because you saw it on TikTok? Leave harmless stuff like dances and recipes alone. We all know people who get life advice from apps.
Several commenters on online forums have agreed that the data TikTok collects can be used to guide the thinking of the public. Giving foreign powers the opportunity to control what Americans consider to be security threats.
It’s a smoke screen
One individual suggests that the US government is concerned about TikTok because it cannot control it. For example, the platform cannot censor stories on demand like Facebook does.
Not just the US government
The U.S. government is one of many that have expressed concerns about TikTok. People online point out that China has a history of spying on people, especially in the United States. They tried using his ZTE phone, Huawei, and now TikTok is their latest invention.
What do you think? Should the US ban TikTok?
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