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Technology TikTok is the best place on the internet, but we have to say no

04:05  06 december  2019
04:05  06 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

TikTok's parent company reportedly faces a national security review

  TikTok's parent company reportedly faces a national security review Recently TikTok's popularity has exploded worldwide, and so has scrutiny over the app's parent company ByteDance and its relationship to the Chinese government. Now Reuters reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has opened a national security review of the company, because it had not sought approval to make its $1 billion acquisition of Musical.ly in 2017. US lawmakers have expressed concern's over theUS lawmakers have expressed concern's over the app's ability to collect data, while the company responded saying "TikTok is committed to being a trusted and responsible corporate citizen in the US, which includes working with Congress and all relevant regulatory agencies.

For its part, TikTok says it doesn't operate in China -- the country has an app called Douyin which is essentially TikTok with a different name and stricter It's hard to say what the ramifications of its huge user base could be but, based on past experience with social media giants plus the nature of business

TikTok is a popular social networking app that allows users to create, musical clips and short clips up to 60 seconds and add special affects to them. When you download the app, you can instantly see the videos that others have posted on the channel but are not able to share or post anything until you

Hi, my name is Daniel and I have a problem. A TikTok problem.

a person holding a cell phone: Chinese video sharing app TikTok. James Martin/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Chinese video sharing app TikTok. James Martin/CNET

After dismissing it for months, TikTok was thrust upon me last month at, of all things, a bachelor party in Hong Kong. It was a little like The Hangover, but subtract drugs, strippers and Mike Tyson's tiger and replace it with a Chinese video app aimed at 16-year-olds.

And now I'm addicted. A feed comprised of millions of silly videos from people around the world, curated to my taste by artificial intelligence. I never really stood a chance. Recent favorites include a dog getting its nails clipped, a teen runner belly flopping into a pool of mud mid-race, and a stoner interrupting a college lecture to heat up popcorn with a microwave he brought from home.

TikTok test lets users link to the products in their videos

  TikTok test lets users link to the products in their videos Short video platform TikTok is experimenting with letting people find and buy products from within the app, by testing new features designed to direct visitors to e-commerce sites. With the new feature, TikTok users will be able to add a link to their videos to send viewers to a third-party sites where they can purchase products shown. In addition, users will also be able add one URL to their profile page. The new features were first revealed by Fabian Bern, founder of Chinese influencer marketing agency Uplab, who shared them with TechCrunch in a video on Twitter.

Creators say that makes it easier to steal content—but there are also upsides to forgetting what day it is. The most obvious byproduct of that choice: TikTok videos that are weeks or even months old—an eternity on the internet —can suddenly go viral, with viewers blind to their age.

That ’s not terrible advice, but there’s a better way. To find content, the easiest place to start is on the #ForYou page. It’s here that TikTok rounds up notable submissions Yeah, the community at TikTok is mostly wonderful. It’s easily the most wholesome social media app on the internet , and it’s one of

TikTok stands out from other social media in one key way: You actually feel good after using it. Expanding Facebook friend counts lead to people sharing less, making the platform feel sterile. Studies show Instagram, acting as a highlight reel of other people's artificial lives, is harmful to self-esteem. Twitter is designed to be a platform for open conversation, but reduces people, arguments and ideas into 280-character caricatures.

a person holding a cell phone© James Martin/CNET

Do you remember the last time you felt satisfied after using any of these apps? I don't. Not only do I remember the last time I felt satisfied post-TikTok (yesterday), TikTok has brought me closer to friends and colleagues. We share videos and laugh. We bond, which is what Facebook , Instagram and Twitter fail at.

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Through my research on Tiktok application, I should say that the users are between 18–34 years old so if you have a business which demands for young audience, this place can Some countries like to view Tik Tok at night. I think the best time to post on Tik Tok will be during lunch or after office hours.

TikTok is supposed to be the app that makes social media fun and pure again. Satnam Narang, a researcher at the cybersecurity firm Tenable, released a report Wednesday outlining three types of scams he’s discovered on the platform since he started monitoring it in March.

But TikTok has to go.

My problem with the app isn't its guarantee to waste too much of my time. Though TikTok distinguishes itself by being fun to use, its parent company is like many Silicon Valley giants in one key way: It can't be trusted.

Red flags

Paying attention to TikTok the app has made it necessary to pay attention to TikTok the company. And it's not a pretty sight.

The app is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, currently the most valuable startup in the world. Being a company of any importance in China means working with the ruling Communist Party in some capacity. Tech platforms in the past have not only had to purge any mention of Tiananmen Square Massacre or Tibetan independence, but also remove "subversive" imagery like Winnie the Pooh and Peppa Pig.

Navy bans TikTok from government-issued phones

  Navy bans TikTok from government-issued phones Don't expect to post often on TikTok if you're serving in the US Navy. The military branch has banned use of the social video app on any government-issued mobile devices. ByteDance's software is allegedly a "cybersecurity threat," according to a bulletin. The Navy's Lieutenant Colonel Uriah Orland didn't offer specific reasons for the ban, but the notice asked troops to take action to "safeguard their personal information." There's little doubtThere's little doubt as to why TikTok might face restrictions, though. US politicians remain concerned about TikTok's Chinese ownership and the potential for the app to serve as a conduit for Chinese government plans.

TikTok has none of that . Instead, it’s that rarest of internet creatures: a place where people can let A TikTok spokeswoman said in a statement that promoting safety and positivity on the platform is Then there are the running jokes attached to specific songs — like “ Good Girls Bad Guys,” a song by

TikTok is causing almost as much panic as Huawei, although its offence is knowing a lot about teenagers, rather than infiltrating broadband networks. But teenagers are wily and where does it draw the line? UK users are commenting on the December 12 general election and contributing to a meme

"Firms such as Huawei, Tencent, ZTE, Alibaba, and Baidu have no meaningful ability to tell the Chinese Communist Party 'no' if officials decide to ask for their assistance," said US International Security bureaucrat Christopher Ashley Ford at a conference in September.

Like Huawei, TikTok denies this charge. The New York Times in November asked TikTok boss Alex Zhu what he would do if President Xi Jinping personally requested that he take down a video or share user data. "I would turn him down," Zhu proclaimed.

So it was a little suspicious when news broke that TikTok had taken down the profile of an American teenager promoting awareness about China's disastrous human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims. TikTok says the 17-year-old's account was disabled not because of that video, but in relation to a TikTok featuring imagery of Osama Bin Laden.

It's an eyebrow raiser for sure, but plausible. Unfortunately for TikTok, and people like me who just want to love TikTok, the app has had a spectacular run of bad news since.

TikTok boss Alex Zhu told the New York Times he would deny a personal request for data or content moderation from Chinese President Xi Jinping. John Phillips/Stringer© Provided by CNET TikTok boss Alex Zhu told the New York Times he would deny a personal request for data or content moderation from Chinese President Xi Jinping. John Phillips/Stringer

A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in California claims the app has been illegally and secretly harvesting personally identifiable user data and sending it to China. A report out of Germany found TikTok had been hiding videos posted by LGBTQ and disabled users from people's feeds, which TikTok said was a temporary anti-bullying measure. A think tank backed by Australia's Department of Defense called ByteDance a "vector for censorship and surveillance," adding that it "collaborates with public security bureaus across China."

US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok

  US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok The Navy isn't the only American military branch clamping down on TikTok. The Army has banned the use of TikTok on government-issued phones, with Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa telling Military.com that it's "considered a cyber threat." The Army started warning soldiers in mid-December, roughly at the same time the Defense Department was telling employees to delete TikTok to "circumvent any exposure of personal information." As with theAs with the Navy ban, the Army is likely concerned that TikTok's Chinese parent company ByteDance could pose problems.

Mining TikTok for the sole purpose of seeing inside a police state is an unorthodox use of the app. TikTok , which did not respond to requests for comment for this article, shot to the top of Apple’s most downloaded list last year, and stayed there—hitting an estimated one billion installs in February.

TikTok is the destination for short-form mobile videos. Our mission is to capture and present the world's creativity, knowledge, and precious life moments, directly from TikTok enables everyone to be a creator, and encourages users to share their passion and creative expression through their videos.

For its part, TikTok says it doesn't operate in China -- the country has an app called Douyin which is essentially TikTok with a different name and stricter, China-specific content guidelines -- and that it has no data centers in the country. "TikTok does not remove content based on sensitivities related to China," a spokesperson said. "We have never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content and we would not do so if asked. Period."

TikTok is a platform filled with much-needed mindless mirth, and was the springboard for noted banger Ol' Town Road. But when you stack that up against accusations of harvesting user data, censoring what the Chinese Communist Party doesn't like and its parent company's alleged active assistance in human rights violations, it almost seems like it's not worth it.

TikTok time machine

A thought exercise: If you could go back in time and stop yourself and everyone around you from downloading Facebook, would you?

In 2019, Facebook feels inescapable. Dissatisfied users grumble about how they would delete it if they could, and it seems the ongoing privacy catastrophes do little to damage the company. Regulating Facebook fairly would be a tricky balancing act US lawmakers are reluctant to attempt.

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No one could have expected this in 2008, when Facebook overtook Myspace to become the world's biggest social media site. Conversely, TikTok is just 3 years young but the red flags are already there.

TikTok releases transparency report as US lawmakers question Chinese ownership

  TikTok releases transparency report as US lawmakers question Chinese ownership The video app apparently got no user information requests from China, but plenty from the US.The app isn't generally available in China -- the country has an app called Douyin, which has stricter, China-specific content guidelines instead.

On TikTok , the former Musical.ly app where Gen Z vies for 15 seconds of fame, that ’s just the beginning. Teenagers and young people are the primary users of the app, which can loosely be described as a social network for amateur music videos (users can make their own as well as just

This is not to say that these companies are not doing anything to remove this content or tackle with The internet is not just Facebook or TikTok or WhatsApp. There are several other websites where Putting an effective policy in place to protect children online would be just the first step in making the

It's hard to say what the ramifications of its huge user base could be but, based on past experience with social media giants plus the nature of business in China, we can guess it's probably not good. The US government isn't idling, with the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) already investigating the national security risks of TikTok and ByteDance, according to Reuters.

But governments move slowly, and tech companies move fast. Unlike Facebook, TikTok isn't yet too big to fail. But it certainly feels like we're at a crossroads. Support it now and potentially create a problem, or play it safe by giving up TikTok.

The reasonable choice to make is clear: When it comes to TikTok, just say no. But we're all pretty bad when it comes to making the reasonable choice. If we weren't, cigarettes wouldn't exist.

Even being a tech journalist aware of its issues, I don't want to give TikTok up. I'm guessing many of the hundreds of millions of teens who make up the app's main user base, and who largely don't know or care about the implications of an ascendant ByteDance, are less keen to hit uninstall.

It's time to admit it. We all have a TikTok problem.

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TikTok spells out rules against disinformation, 'delinquent behavior' .
The popular video app expands its community guidelines."While the language and structure of our Community Guidelines are new, the fundamental values that shape them remain unchanged," TikTok's global trust and safety team wrote in a blog post. "Our community is diverse and global, and we aim to cultivate an environment for authentic interactions.

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