TikTok: Fun and Games, or Communist Weapon?

TikTok: Fun and Games, or Communist Weapon?

Social media has drastically changed the world in more ways than one. Sure, it helps people stay connected with their family, friends, and loved ones. But there are potential risks involved in it too… far more than most people realize. This is especially true of social media platforms owned by foreign powers.

When it comes to the mobile social media app, TikTok, that’s just the case. TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world. According to Sensor Tower, since its launch in 2017, TikTok has accumulated over 2 billion downloads across the Google Play Store and the Apple Store globally. Owned by ByteDance, headquartered in Beijing, TikTok is one of many Chinese-owned technology companies under investigation by the US.

Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the Trump administration may be looking to restrict users in the US access to the app. Concerns have arisen of the possibility that the app is being used by Beijing to surveil and propagandize people. While on “The Ingraham Angle” Pompeo expressed that he and the president were taking reports very seriously. This coming after Laura Ingraham, the show’s host, stated that India had already banned the app and Australia was looking to do so as well.

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