We all love TikTok, its addictive, fun and the short 15 second videos are perfect. They keep us interested but aren’t too long so stop us from getting bored and recently we have seen so many TikTok videos going viral. All was going well for TikTok but now the Trump administration is considering banning it in the US and is putting increasing pressure on the parent company Byte Dance.
Let’s try to understand, what the issue is with TikTok?
It all starts with two factors. One is that TikTok is owned by a Chinese internet company, ByteDance. And the second is that China is increasingly in the sight of the Trump administration.
Now what connects these two factors is data security and how the Chinese communist party might be accessing information of millions of Americans without them knowing it. Many viral videos have people from military featured in them. Now if there is a data breach and privacy violation that also impact army and scientists, then this situation directly raises concerns related to national security.
TikTok has repeatedly denied that it is influenced by Beijing but Officials in Washington continue to be concerned over possible data breaches.
Star's react to a ban
Fox News has reported that Some of the platform's biggest stars, who have amassed millions of followers on the platform, mourned it coming to an end.
Baby Ariel, real name Ariel Martin, is known as one of TikTok's most-followed users, having amassed 34.5 million followers on the platform.
"i hate donald trump," the 19-year-old, who is also a singer, tweeted on Saturday.
Larri Merritt aka Larrayeeee
YouTube star Larri Merritt who gained over 10 million on his larrayeeee TikTok account reacted to the news by asking his followers to support fellow users.
"on a serious note if tiktok is actually getting deleted. Please support your favorite smaller tiktok creators. follow them on YouTube, Instagram etc. some of these kids really do have talent and deserve everything."
Addison Rae and mom Sheri Easterling
Addison Rae, who along with her mom, Sheri Easterling, became a viral sensation on the app, hinted at her discontent with the upcoming ban on Friday afternoon, tweeting;
"UGH."Rae continued to post about her sadness without specifically identifying the reason. "Allow yourself to be sad," she wrote before sending out two additional tweets, writing, "remind yourself to be happy" and "its ok 2 cry."
Fox News has a long list of TikTok stars who are not very happy with the move, Now it's two different perspectives and both need to be respected, the administration is doing it's best for the national interest and the new stars don’t want their fame to disappear so quickly.
India has already banned TikTok almost a month ago and most of the India’s Tiktokers have happily moved on to Instagram Reels. The same could happen in the US.