TikTok has become the most prominent app and the third most-downloaded non-game app of the year behind WhatsApp and Messenger, according to the app analytics firm Sensor Tower. Moreover, it is also observed that it sits above Facebook and Instagram. The app has around 625 million monthly active users globally whereas facebook has just only 2.45 billion MAUs, according to App Annie’s Barnes estimation.
But why is U.S Government is worried about all this? There are a couple of different issues behind this.
Firstly, U.S. lawmakers are concerned that the app’s Parent company is China. And the U.S. lawmakers are concerned that TikTok censors content on its platform.
One high profile case was raised in which a 17-year-old user in New Jersey, Feroza Aziz, was locked out of her account after she posted a viral video criticizing the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority. Later TikTok said that Aziz’s account was banned for some other reason.
The second issue is – Washington is around user data and whether TikTok is sending that back in China. Washington has launched a National Security Review into TikTok’s takeover of Musica.ly.
At that time, a TikTok spokesperson said the company, “cannot comment on the ongoing regulatory process” but that it “has made that we have no higher preference than winning the trust of the users and regulators in the U.S. Part of that effort includes