TikTok has been one of the favorite past time apps of millions of people in the world since the coronavirus spread. It climbs up to the third most downloaded app in this year. It even surpassed the 2 billion downloads based on the estimated statistic of SensorTower Inc.
The app started to emerge in the Japanese community through a celebrity star and model, Kinoshita Yukina. Soon after, other celebrities also used the TikTok app. The celebrities drove the fans and the Japanese community to try out the app.
However, the most loved short video app has been in turmoil for a while now. Controversies involving in the Chinese national security law were continuously thrown at them.
In response to this, ByteDance, owner of TikTok, already signed off to their HongKong operations. They also pledged that they will not share personal data with the Chinese authorities. However, doubts are still urging other countries to cut off the app.
Recently, Japan is also indulging in the idea of banning the controversial app. The country fears that through the app, Beijing would get a hold of Japanese users' data. Under this, some Japanese lawmakers were eyeing on the possibility of cutting off TikTok in their country as well.
The Liberal Democratic Party group of Japan on regulatory policy said that the country should focus on preventing personal data leakage through Chinese applications, including the video-sharing app. The lawmakers of Japan are also planning to submit a proposal of recommendations to the government about the issue.
In addressing the speculations thrown at the said app, the spokesperson of Tiktok pointed out that the app has no connection with the Chinese security allegations. He highlighted that the app has an American CEO. They added that they also have a trustworthy Chief Information Security Officer that is working on developing the best security infrastructure.
“Four of our parent company’s five board seats are controlled by some of the world’s best, respected global investors. Tiktok U.S/user data is stored in the U.S. and Singapore, with strict controls on employee access,” the short-video app’s spokesperson said to Techcrunch.
TikTok's downfall gave hopes to other rival applications and companies. Giant companies such as Facebook are trying to launch a similar feature on Instagram.