In his worst moment of popularity, and with the future of the presidential elections just around the corner, the current President of the United States Donald Trump has announced this Friday his intention to ban the Chinese social network Tik Tok.
The relevant authorities of the country have been very concerned that the platform that causes a furor among adolescents, could be used by China’s smart services. Of course, the company that owns the Bytedance app has denied such allegations.
A risk to national security
Tik Tok is a social network in which short videos are shared and which has achieved great success among young, and not so young, audiences. The doubts about the security in the use of data of users have turned it into a potential espionage threat that some voices have not wanted to ignore.
Not for nothing, the application has raised blisters among several US senators, who have been asking intelligence services for months to investigate the risk it implies for Americans. Risks related to data management practices and operational connections between China and Tik Tok developer ByteDance in the middle of a context of trade war between both countries.
Well, the investigations have finally been carried out by the CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States), and their results were presented this week. Updated information about the threat that represents the social network for citizens, and that has led Donald Trump to raise the possibility of prohibiting its use in the United States.
But there it does not end, since there is another bill that seeks outlaw the use of the application on government devices by federal employees.
The TikTok social network has gained renewed popularity during the period of confinement by COVID-19. The downloads of the mobile app skyrocketed, making it the most used application during confinement along with the Zoom video calling platform. In fact, it is estimated that the app currently has 1,000 million users.
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