TikTok may soon be banned in the US

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Recent news of the data privacy breach of users in the US has once again put TikTok in a bad light.

TikTok is an insanely popular social media platform with millions of active users. In fact, in the first quarter of 2022, about 19 million users had downloaded Tiktok in the US.

Brendan Carr, the commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has now written to Apple and Google requesting that Tiktok be banned from their respective app stores completely. Well, Brendan fears TikTok is leaking sensitive user data to Beijing.

Carr stated that,

“Clearly, TikTok poses an unacceptable security risk due to the fact that its extensive data collection is combined with Beijing’s seemingly uncontrolled access to that sensitive data.”

He added that,

TikTok doesn’t just see its users’ dance videos. It collects search and browsing history, keystroke patterns, biometric identifiers, draft messages and metadata, plus it has collected the text, images and videos stored on a device’s clipboard.

According to him, TikTok is almost an “advanced monitoring tool that collects large amounts of personal and sensitive data”.

If you are interested, you can view his entire letter here,

In his letter, Carr also spoke about India. This states that India, the world’s largest democracy, has already banned TikTok on national security grounds for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data in an unauthorized manner.

In addition, multiple US military branches have also banned TikTok from government-issued devices due to national security concerns, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.

You may recall that a few years ago President Trump also tried to ban TikTok. At the time of writing this article, there is no certainty whether TikTok will be banned in the US or not.

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