On Banning TikTok#
All I’ve ever received in response to my questions about why TikTok should be banned are
- They’re tracking people
- They’re owned by a Chinese company
Neither of those things on their own are worth an outright national ban on an app. Why?
- Because other apps and services already track people
- Owner ship isn’t relevant to suspected improper or illegal operating practices
The news media and politicians often site national security reasons, but never say what those reasons are. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, they all operate in a similar manner to TikTok (the apps, not the companies) so why is there no national call to ban those apps?
All I want is to understand why the app is worthy of being banned. Just one reason. However, “National Security” doesn’t hold weight without proof. So, where’s the proof?