Is TikTok Really Getting Banned?!

Is TikTok Really Getting Banned?!

Is TikTok Really Getting Banned?!

People are already lining up for the #TikTokisOverParty.

People are already lining up for the #TikTokisOverParty.

Text: India Roby

There are a lot of things stirring up for TikTok this past week. So far, rumors sparked between influencers Lil Huddy, Charli D’Amelio, and others from the Hype House, and 2nd most followed user Addison Rae goes MIA from the social platform, the longest she’s ever gone. Fans are worried as rumors spread that the influencer attempted suicide due to backlash from saying the N-word, blackfishing, and other controversies arise. 

If it couldn’t get any worse for the popular app, the U.S. is now currently exploring the options of banning the app due to security and privacy concerns. In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the country is "looking at" banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps.

President Donald Trump also echoed this statement on Tuesday and implied that TikTok would be a way of punishing China for the coronavirus. "Look, what happened with China with this virus," Trump said. "What they've done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful."

According to CBS, a spokesperson from the app refuted Pompeo's comments in the following statement: 

"TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked."

But according to TikTok's policies, it said the app collects user data such as IP addresses, location and information about devices, and stores data from American users. Since its headquarters are based in Beijing, there are also allegations that the popular app complies with the Chinese government. TikTok has since denied these claims, stating that they are not influenced by any foreign government. Back in March, TikTok announced its "transparency center," where experts examine the app's practices. 

With countries like India already banning the app following political tensions with China, and Australia and Hong Kong considering doing the same, it is uncertain what decision the U.S. will ultimately make. Although the news of the ban isn't confirmed yet, Twitter users have already joined the #TikTokisOverParty, with some people celebrating the near end of the app's toxic influencer culture.

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