It may very well be one o the most popular smartphone apps of all time, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a safe thing to install on your device.
We’re talking about the ultra-popular app Tiktok, where users can employ a number of special effects to create short videos for sharing. These videos often find themselves on other video-sharing apps as well, and have become rather ubiquitous online.
But there is a dirty little secret that Tiktok doesn’t want you to know, and the US government is now taking a stand against the brand.
Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has called on Apple and Google to ban the popular Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok from their app marketplaces, arguing that it is sending sensitive user data on American citizens to Beijing.
Carr, who is one of the most vocal opponents of Big Tech censorship on the FCC, nonetheless thinks that the threat of TikTok is great enough to warrant an app store level block.
Carr’s explanation was terrifying.
Tiktok’s pattern of misrepresentations coupled with its ownership by an entity beholden to the CCP has resulted in U.S. military branches and national security agencies banning it from government devices.
Bipartisan leaders in both the Senate and House have flagged concerns. pic.twitter.com/yLZ6NpQm4E
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) June 28, 2022
Former President Donald Trump had attempted to ban Tiktok during his first term in office, but was unable to accomplish this.