Canada, EU ban TikTok

Is this becoming a trend?


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TikTok is a very popular social media app. Countries are beginning to ban it due to security concerns.

The backlash against TikTok in the U.S. and other countries escalated in recent days. Canada banned TikTok on government-issued mobile devices on Monday, March 7 following a similar ban from the European Union last week.

TikTok, which has more than 100 million monthly active users in the U.S., has faced growing observation from government officials over fears that user data could fall into the possession of the Chinese government and the app could ultimately be weaponized by China to spread misinformation.

However, the fight to ban TikTok risks imposing undue limits on free speech and private business, mimicking the type of censorship for which some countries have faulted China, according to some experts and civil liberties advocates.

The primary concern raised by officials banning TikTok centers on data security, especially fears that user information could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

Such concerns focus both on potential risks posed to U.S. national security, as well as business advantages afforded to Chinese companies that may gain access to the information, Aynne Kokas, professor of media studies and the director of the East Asia Center at the University of Virginia, told ABC News.

“There are significant national security concerns about Chinese firms that are gathering data in the U.S. and what they can do with that,” Kokas said. “TikTok has a lot of users.”

In conclusion, don’t be surprised if in the future TikTok is banned completely.