Even if you don't use it, you'll definitely hear TikTok, one application especially popular among teenagers and younger people in general. It is about a application that you can install both on iOS as well as in Android devices, which allows you to create short videos, which you can then share on SOCIAL MEDIA. It was originally launched in 2016 as Douyin and was only available in China. In 2017, ByteDance (owner of TikTok) released the application in the global market under its current name.
As mentioned, this is an application that is available for iOS and Android devices, but the remarkable thing is that the downloads of the application from Google Play Store have now exceeded 1 billion. TikTok has always been at the top of Apple's list of free apps App Store and the Google Play Store. In January of this year, the application took second place in the category of free applications with the most facilities in the Play Store and took third place in February. YouTube now plans to launch a similar feature called "ShortsUntil the end of the year, to compete with TikTok.
TikTok threatens US national security
As mentioned earlier, TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company founded in 2012. Recently, U.S. lawmakers called for an investigation into the application on national security. TikTok has over 30 million active monthly users and more than 60% of them are in the United States. This application is very popular among young people, in an age range between 16 and 24 years.
Last year, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton called on TikTok to collect user data, believing the app could be used for illegal activities.
"With more than 110 million downloads in the United States alone, TikTok is a potential counterintelligence threat that we cannot ignore," Schumer and Cotton told Joseph Macguire, deputy director of national intelligence.
According to ByteDance, the Chinese government has no jurisdiction over the content of the application not used in China. It also claims that all US user data is stored in the United States. Currently, the US Army and some organizations are banning the application.