The United States government is "seriously considering" banning TikTok and other Chinese apps.
As the tension between China and the United States grow, well-known Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat, to name a few, are on the brink of being banned in the US, which is one of the app’s biggest markets. Another country with a large number of TikTok users is India and it stayed ahead from the US by banning 59 Chinese apps, including the famous video-sharing social networking app that was originally released in September of 2016.
Even though TikTok has previously announced that it operates separately from ByteDance – the technology company based in Beijing – claiming their data centers are not located inside China, both the Indian and the US government still see the risks the app brings on national security. Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, said the government is considering it seriously.
A spokesperson from TikTok assured that the company has never provided user data to the Chinese government and said they have “no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users.”
What Will Happen to TikTok?
TikTok continued to become a sensation earlier this year when lockdowns weren’t much implemented unlike today. It was even under national security review in November. With its popularity, ByteDance took the chance of investing more than a billion dollars to promote the app in India. Now, it’s possible that the company will lose $6 billion after India’s ban and worse, if the app continues to be banned in more countries.
Many have found fame in TikTok, especially in the west, and restricting the use of the app may mean some of these personalities will transfer to another social media app, helping some increase their revenues. Some Indian users have also expressed their reactions via YouTube regarding the issue. Followed by the ban in India, TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong due to the new security law.