If you were worried about the beloved TikTok app being removed from your app library, you might be in the safe, at least for now.
The applications original owners, ByteDance, are based out of Beijing. This held a potential threat to U.S Security. The plan was to shut down the use of TikTok in the United States on September 20, 2020. But as of Sunday, Trump administration announced a deal that is in the works with potential U.S. partnerships.
This meeting involved TikTok, ByteDance, Oracle, and Walmart. It’s intent was to talk about any security concerns users and U.S. government officials felt were present. Trump said the deal looks promising and TikTok was “pleased with this ruling”. This puts an ease on the Trump administration, knowing that with partial United States ownership, there would less likely be a threat to security.
For many young people, TikTok became a way to connect with others, escape the boredom of quarantine, and do fun dances with people from around the world. They don’t seem to care who owns it or if their information got compromised. Hannibal-LaGrange University student Gracie Fath has been a user on TikTok for quite a while. “I really don’t care about its new ownership by the U.S., and I didn’t care that it was owned by the Chinese either. I just like using the app, and I think it’s fine,” Fath said.
For other students, this new ownership brings a piece a mind in downloading the app, and for HLGU student Mary Compere, this reigns true. “I was a little creeped out by the lack of info and data privacy that the app had a reputation for, so I never cared to download it myself. Knowing this, I feel a lot safer knowing that US citizens’ personal information won’t be in the hands of a country that doesn’t like us too much,” Compere said.
After the release of the potential ban, users of TikTok reported seeing more things relating to upcoming election. This included voting banners, election guides, and trending hashtags relating to presidential candidates.
- Kamey Tyler / October 1, 2020 / HLGU Vanguard