This has been a week that TikTok is really having a hard time and can't wait to finish. The ByteDance platform was in a state of panic over allegations of mismanagement and censorship. But the sequel was not good at all as a beta version of Apple iOS 14 "caught" the application secretly gaining access to clipboards of users which of course created chain reactions.
It is not known if India previously planned to announce the ban on TikTok, along with 58 other Chinese applications, or was caused by the iOS security issue. However, TikTok has withdrawn from it App Store and Play Store in India, one of the largest markets in the world. Other markets around the world also appear to be protesting users.
One of the most unusual teams campaigning against TikTok is the Anonymous team. As always with Anonymous, it's hard to attribute anything to the non-existent core of this loosely connected hacker group, but an account at Twitter which seems to be official account of the group, has been campaigning against TikTok for several weeks.
"Delete TikTok now," he said in today's tweet. "If you know someone who uses it, explain to them that it's basically malware from the Chinese government running a mass espionage operation."
The initial issue that prompted Anonymous to target TikTok seems to be the "misleading presentation" of Anonymous on TikTok itself, by creating an account. "Anonymous has no account on TikTok," he said tweet from the same Twitter account on June 6, "is an application created as spyware by the Chinese government."
This puts TikTok in the somewhat strange position of uniting several governments with Anonymous.
What we expect to see is if TikTok will face hacking attacks from now on. We will not be impressed if the application falls victim to various hacks or DDoS attacks.
So why does it matter? The fact that various governments are expressing their concerns, warning them risks of TikTok is normal. But on the other hand, Anonymous is trying to persuade users to delete it application through their campaign is something completely different and can divide the world.