TikTok ban: will the app be banned in the US?

TIKTOK is one of the world’s most popular social media platforms with millions of users around the world.

However, a number of governments have taken steps to ban the app over concerns about the data used on the platform and how it is handled. We know this.

TikTok is facing fresh controversy after allegations that the app is leaking private data to the Chinese government


TikTok is facing fresh controversy after allegations that the app is leaking private data to the Chinese governmentPhoto credit: Reuters

What is the Tik Tok series?

The popular app – known for its memes, dances and trends – exploded during lockdown.

But TikTok’s Chinese roots have come under scrutiny.

Governments have raised security concerns about the app’s possible links to the Chinese state.

There are also questions about surveillance technology within the app, possible personal data breaches, and other matters including user safety and content regulation.

Currently there is no parental controls or way to monitor the app.

Could TikTok be banned in the UK?

The app has been banned on UK government devices amid concerns about government data leaks.

This decision was made on March 16, 2023 as the government wants to ensure cyber security.

MEPs who still have the app will find that the service is blocked if they try to use it over the parliamentary WiFi.

However, there was no information to suggest that any steps are being taken to ban the app to the general public.

How many people in the UK use TikTok?

The UK is believed to have at least 23.3 million users of the app.

This was revealed in data released by Ofcom in 2022.

The data also showed that TikTok was the fastest growing news source between 2020 and 2022.

Will TikTok be banned in the US and other countries?

US President Joe Biden announced plans to ban the app if it refuses to divest itself of parent company ByteDance.

This isn’t the first time an American President has attempted this, Donald Trump announced his intention to ban TikTok across the country but was blocked from doing so by the courts.

India banned the app in 2020 after a clash between Indian and Chinese forces on the grounds that it was designed to protect national security.

Pakistan has temporarily banned the app four times since October 2020 because it believes the app promotes “immoral content.”

Has China banned the app?

TikTok is not accessible in China without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

However, China has its own version of the app called DouYin, which is very popular.

DouYin is also owned by parent company ByteDance, which has carefully distanced itself from the Chinese government.

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But the company was rocked by leaked reports published in the Guardian in 2019, revealing that Beijing ordered the app’s moderators to remove videos mentioning Tiananmen Square or Tibetan independence.

ByteDance, founded by Chinese tech mogul Zhang Yiming, made a huge profit of £3 billion in 2019.

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PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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