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TikTok in the Crosshairs

The U.S. is considering banning TikTok and other Chinese apps. A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives aims to ban “foreign adversary controlled applications.” This would include apps based in China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran.

The bill specifically targets TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance. Lawmakers believe TikTok poses a national security threat because it is owned by a Chinese company.

Potential Impact on Chinese Apps

If the bill passes, Chinese apps would have to divest from foreign adversary control to continue operating in the U.S. This means ByteDance would have to sell TikTok or leave the U.S. market.

Other Chinese apps, such as WeChat, Temu, AliExpress, and Honkai: Star Rail, could also be affected. The bill applies to apps with over one million monthly active users that allow users to create profiles and share content.

Security Concerns

Lawmakers have raised concerns about TikTok’s data security. In 2022, ByteDance employees were found to have accessed data belonging to U.S. journalists.

TikTok has invested in Project Texas to store American users’ data in the U.S. and prevent it from being accessed by the Chinese government. However, some experts remain skeptical about the app’s security.

Potential Overreaction

Critics argue that an outright ban on TikTok is an overreaction. They say the app is popular with millions of Americans and provides a platform for small businesses.

Caution and Awareness

While it’s important to be aware of security concerns, it’s also crucial to remember that Chinese tech companies are not inherently less secure than others.

Regardless of where your technology comes from, it’s always a good idea to limit the personal information you share online.