What are the concerns about TikTok?

What are the concerns about TikTok?

TikTok has already faced huge privacy issues, and the company is apparently being investigated by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission for perhaps failing to fully erase footage from users aged 13 and younger, as required by law.

The service has also been linked to several deaths of young people who used it excessively. In April 2019, a 15-year-old California girl named Chloe Green died after using TikTok repeatedly over the course of a few days. The company said that she had reached "the upper limit of our usage guidelines" but did not specify what those were. In July 2019, another 15-year-old boy named Joshua Brown was killed in a car crash in Virginia while listening to music on his phone which was still playing when it was found by police near his body. His family said that he had used TikTok frequently and could be heard singing along with songs in their presence.

In addition, there have been reports that the platform may have played a role in the suicide of one user. In January 2020, a 17-year-old Canadian girl named Caroline Grueskin posted a note on Facebook saying that she was taking her own life because she was unhappy with her life and couldn't see a way out.

What is bad about TikTok?

TikTok allows users to effortlessly post short hilarious video that may quickly become viral. TikTok, on the other hand, has been chastised by US legislators for censorship, privacy, and kid safety. Because TikTok is controlled by the Chinese corporation ByteDance, there are fears that the platform would restrict information that offends China.

In addition, critics say that TikTok encourages youth culture that focuses on narcissism and self-promotion at the expense of learning skills that are useful in the real world. Finally, some parents believe that TikTok is too popular with kids, so they create accounts without their children's permission and start posting inappropriate content. They also claim that the app lacks age verification tools, so anyone can access it using a mobile phone number from any country in the world.

These are all good reasons why some people might want to keep TikTok off their devices.

What is the danger of TikTok?

TikTok's data collecting and storage procedures would have to comply with US data privacy regulations such as the CCPA, and the company would have to account to the US authorities if any of its actions were proven to be harmful. Data storage is an issue for every program that can monitor position, capture faces, and understand preferences. However, TikTok stands out because it does so without users' consent.

Since its launch in 2016, TikTok has become one of the most popular video sharing apps in the world. It is used by people between the ages of 10 and 35, in almost every country where it is available. The app allows its users to create short videos that range from music clips to comedy acts to dramatic readings. These videos are called "challenges." As well as being able to share them with friends, users can also subscribe to other users' channels and receive daily or weekly updates from them.

Data collection and usage on TikTok fall under Chinese law because the service is hosted in China. However, since the company has offices in California, it is subject to American laws too. If TikTok was found to be in violation of any user agreements or privacy policies, it could face legal action from users or lawmakers. The company could also be forced to shut down due to regulatory pressure.

The danger of TikTok is clear: unless users want their information to be collected and stored, this must not happen.

Why is TikTok being looked into?

The US government is apparently investigating TikTok as a potential national security issue, after the company's 2018 acquisition of American social media app Musical.ly. Working with Congress is part of that endeavor, and we are dedicated to doing so," TikTok told Reuters. "We take privacy issues seriously and work closely with regulatory bodies in their reviews of our product.

The US government investigates companies over possible national security threats all the time. This includes looking at whether they have enough control over their platforms to be considered "domestic surveillance agencies" under US law. The fact that this investigation exists at all indicates that the Trump administration believes that TikTok poses a threat to national security.

If found guilty, TikTok would be banned from the US market under federal law. That could cause major problems for the company because it is such an important part of Chinese internet culture and has hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

American lawmakers have also raised concerns about China's influence on US technology companies in general. Last year, for example, both the House and Senate passed bills aimed at preventing US tech companies from complying with government requests for user data. The measures never made it out of committee though, due to disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over how far-reaching they should be.

In addition, several large US technology companies have announced plans to withdraw themselves from China due to censorship rules.

How does TikTok affect kids?

TikTok is vulnerable to many of the same threats as the rest of the Internet. There is always the possibility that your youngster will be exposed to improper information such as obscene lyrics, risky stunts, or sexual content. They may utilize these qualities to gain your child's confidence, which might lead to physical harm. Your child could also find themselves in need of money to pay for their favorite videos or products. In this case, they might consider becoming a vlogger or selling their personal data.

In addition to these dangers, there is evidence that TikTok may be used by young people to share sensitive information about their own lives or those of friends and family. For example, one study found that many young users were disclosing personal details about themselves or others without thinking through the consequences. There have also been reports of bullying, harassment, and even violent behavior toward others on the platform.

Because of these risks, it's important for parents to take time out of their busy schedules to play games with their children or spend quality time together. You should also set up a rule where your child cannot use the device at night, when you are asleep.

These rules will help ensure that your child has a safe experience on TikTok. It's also important to remember that like any other social media site, TikTok contains opportunities for youngsters to meet new people and have fun, but also exposes them to danger.

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Joe Vance

When Joe Vance was an agent, his life revolved around trying to predict what would happen next. It wasn't until he retired that he realized how wrong this mindset is. What if the world isn't predictable? How can you live safely in a chaotic world? That's when it hit him: teaching others how to live safely is the true path of safety. He's now on a mission to teach people in his community how they can keep themselves and their loved ones safe from harm during emergencies, disasters, or even cyber attacks.

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