Tik Tok: Major Success or Invasion of Privacy?

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Tik Tok: Major Success or Invasion of Privacy?

Noa Criscaut and Emily Tabora

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Social Media has been taking over the internet by storm for many years, but Tik Tok is the most successful of them all. Today, Tik Tok has more than one billion users, but most of them are under 13, and that’s the problem. 

Within the year 2018, Tik Tok has deleted many of the accounts of users under 13, but that didn’t stop people from making a new account. The app was first created in China by Zhang Yiming. Zhang Yiming created a company called Bytedance, which is known as an internet company today. Their headquarters are in Culver City, CA, but that doesn’t despise them stealing information. 

Tik Tok (today remembered as Musical.ly) has been around for six years now. Zhang Yimming has been financed and has been found to pay as much as $5.7 million to settle allegations that it illegally gathers personal information from children under the age of 13. They collect information such as names, email addresses, and their location. 

Lawmakers are starting to say that the Chinese-owned app could potentially pose national security risks. The app has been known to be stealing information since early 2018. Even though the app claims to have security features, there have been investigations by the government; people found out that Tik Tok has almost no security features for any of its users. 

Tik Tok has the attention it needs, but more focus leads to more information continuing to steal from its users. Some articles say that the app should be aged 17 and up instead of ages 13 and up. It seems that the app is begging for more underaged users to steal more information. Tik Tok may be fun and entertaining, but people need to be more aware of the danger that can come with it.