Banning TikTok or coercing its sale would only address a tiny portion of the problem.
There are three reasons to be wary of TikTok. But they apply to all social media platforms.
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TikTok, the latest social media giant serving up distraction for the masses, has lately become a political tool for mass distraction. The White House has threatened to ban the Chinese-owned app in the United States or at least broker a possible acquisition by Microsoft (perhaps with a
finder’s feeof sorts going to the U.S. Treasury, as President Trump proposed for some reason). Behind that drama, however, lie a series of crucial technology policy challenges the political class is largely ignoring.U.S. government scrutiny of TikTok is based in the assumption that being owned by the Beijing-based social media company ByteDance makes it a likely avenue for Chinese government malfeasance targeting the United States. From this point of view, the fact that the app reportedly has 100 million U.S. users leads to three main kinds of risks: user data falling into Chinese government or other hostile hands, Chinese propaganda and censorship efforts penetrating U.S. society, and threats to national security as U.S.–China grow ever more fraught.
Each of these risks is real, but each is in fact larger than anything specific to TikTok. A focus on TikTok alone will do little to solve the broader problems of which these risks are only the most prominent example, and no one should feel their tech security work is done if a single Chinese-owned app is all that gets addressed.
Take the risk of the Chinese government or other bad actors gaining access to user data. The possibility captures the imagination, because mobile apps like TikTokcollect Read more: Slate »
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But we're not concerned about US intel accessing these apps, etc? Seems improbablee the Chinese government is all that interested in lip synching apps. you have to start fighting China somewhere Huawei seems to be a bigger fish and of course students from China
Chinese ambassador denies TikTok poses a threat to the U.S.Beijing's envoy to Washington says relations between the U.S. and China are at the lowest point in nearly 50 years, since President Nixon opened a dialogue with Beijing in 1971. 🤯 Will Jack finally get the beanstalk? I want a trim if not the whole stalk. No place to go but up I guess.... that is good news...
China calls Trump's proposed Microsoft-TikTok cut state-sanctioned robbery - Business InsiderBusiness Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007, the site is now the largest business news site on the web. Sounds like a dangerous precedent that could later go on to affect American companies. I agree with China, it's a shakedown. Trump threatened to kill TikTok, now that they will be spared he wants his protection money He needs to worry about the economy and the unemployed. That should be his number one concern during this pandemic....... not TikTok....... unreal.
TikTok is 'caught in the middle' as the U.S. is 'deeply suspicious' of China, analyst saysTikTok may not have a lot of intelligence value but its owner Bytedance is in Beijing and its connection to the government is what worries the U.S., said James Lewis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. This is the prelude to the global hunting of Chinese technology companies by the United States! As part of the strategic attack on China, the Chinese government must maintain a high level of vigilance! It must respond vigorously! Not suspected of robbery, the United States government is a pirate.robbery. We have good reason to be deeply suspicious of China.
Mom’s alternative to timeout is taking over TikTokThis Chicago mom built a special 'cool-down' corner for her 6-year-old son to help him reset his emotions when he is angry or sad. YESS So a timeout w/activities so kids will look forward to fkn up. 👍 Well ,
Trump's TikTok threat could motivate young people to voteYoung people say President Trump is infringing on their First Amendment right with threats to ban the app TikTok, which NBC's Kalhan Rosenblatt says could motivate them to vote against him in the upcoming election. KalhanR KalhanR Newsflash....he pulled back after talks with Microsoft. Catch up! KalhanR Mommies basement
Trump plays into China's hands over Microsoft-TikTok cut - Business InsiderBusiness Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007, the site is now the largest business news site on the web. Is this the GOP way now? Shaking down businesses, forcing a sale, and then taking a cut? Why am I not hearing anything from the free market crowd?