Reviews | Why you should care about TikTok
“Hello, all of you. It’s Charlie. “I play with myself a bit.” There are about a hundred million Americans who regularly use TikTok, the social media app where you can create and share short videos on everything from dancing to coding. But our government claims it is dangerous because it is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company. “President Trump has said he will ban TikTok here in the United States unless he is able to agree to a sale.” And it just happened, the Trump administration is blocking all US downloads of Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat as of this Sunday. You might be thinking, who cares? But for us, TikTok is more than just an app. “Hey guys, a lot of you have requested a hair tutorial. So first, we’re going to stop the murderers of Breonna Taylor. I use TikTok to talk about Black Lives Matter and so many other social issues to spread a message and get the word out. Thanks to TikTok alone, I have registered thousands of people to vote in the past few months. “Things people don’t understand about the dark web. I started posting videos for fun in quarantine, tech, and cybersecurity. I post slapstick comedy videos. TikTok has opened so many doors for me. It’s my career. “Give me some!” [MUSIC] “Ouch! Ouch! You’re not supposed to really hit me! “Oh!” TikTok is huge. It is the most downloaded application. Ordering TikTok to be sold to an American company actually worries me. A sale does not guarantee that it will be kept intact or that the algorithm will be included. Without the algorithm, the whole user experience will be changed. Trump says a sale is about protecting our data. But it is really the government that dictates how we are allowed to use the Internet when it claims to protect us. If the government really cares about privacy, fix TikTok – don’t destroy it. Let’s go back a bit. “Back up, back up, back up. Save it – “What is TikTok, anyway?” TikTok is very successful. It’s an amazing thing, whatever it is. OK Everyone thinks TikTok is just dancing tweens or kids doing weird stuff, like— “Famous TikTok!” Ah! “Mi Pan, (SCATTING).” But it’s so much more than that. Those hit songs you listened to last year? These? “I’m going to ride a horse to the old town road.” “I’m a savage.” – many of them exploded because of TikTok. The creators of TikTok are influential comedians, activists, dancers, singers and doctors. And even the people who support the guy who tries to ban it. “Because I am pro-American, I support someone who is pro-American. If TikTok is banned or changed, I lose my entire network. I am losing my livelihood. I am 17 years old and I cannot vote. So if TikTok is taken out, I don’t have a platform to talk about the things that matter to me and so many other young people in this country. In the midst of a global pandemic, among other serious national issues, why does the government care about an app? Maybe that’s because some TikTokers claim they played a prank on the president, and it hurt him. “The fallout this morning from President Trump’s more than half empty rally in Tulsa. Did the teens of TikTok help spoil the president’s comeback on the election campaign? Or because he wants to appear tough on China. Or maybe it’s because the government is concerned that TikTok will allow China to collect US data. Do I have any concerns about app security and TikTok in particular? I think about this all the time. Absolutely yes. I even made videos on TikTok shouting and denouncing China’s horrendous human rights record. I understand why we should be worried. Despite the fact that the U.S. Secret Service has found no evidence that TikTok is sharing data with the Chinese government, and TikTok claims it stores the data outside of China, we need to keep a close eye on the company. But we should also keep an eye out for all tech companies, including the US. Forcing the sale of this app does not solve our general privacy concerns. Even if you don’t care about us, you should be concerned about how it is an attack on self-expression, abuse of power, and an attempt to limit what we are. can access the Internet. Right now it’s TikTok. And after?