Tiktok Outage? Tiktok officially banned?

I have been hearing about a tiktok outage... is it officially banned in the US?

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Not yet, I don't think. Just being discussed. 

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Someone should open an account with Xi Jinpings name and call communists all small dicked faggots.

Checkmate

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I just received this today from an investing newsletter:

"The TikTok story has a dark side…
We talked about social media platform TikTok last month. At the time, it had just become the fastest social media app to reach one billion users.

As a reminder, TikTok hosts short self-produced videos of people doing funny, skilled, or stupid things. It is most popular with teenagers and young adults.

But there is a dark side to the story.

TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. We mentioned last month that ByteDance was fined for violating child privacy laws in the United States. That’s why I said I would not be comfortable with my children using it.

It turns out that TikTok is even worse than I thought…

A researcher reverse engineered TikTok and determined exactly what information was being sent back to ByteDance.

The app collects everything about a user’s phone. It documents the phone’s hardware specs and every app that’s been downloaded. It pings the phone’s GPS location roughly every 30 seconds. That means TikTok tracks exactly where all its users are at all times.

TikTok also knows which Wi-Fi networks its users connect to. It documents the address of the router as well as every other device connected to each network.

And if that wasn’t scary enough, TikTok has written its software code to allow it to potentially download software to Android phones and then run that software without the user’s knowledge or consent. The software could be anything, like malware or surveillance software. That’s not just unethical… That’s illegal.


And where does the information go after it has been collected? Back to China.

For those in the know, this level of pervasiveness is far worse than anything Google or Facebook do. And regular readers know I’m not very fond of either of those companies.

So TikTok is generating attention in the industry. India has banned it along with 58 other China-based apps. Indian officials went so far as to say that these apps were a direct threat to national security and defense.

As many readers have likely seen in the headlines, the U.S. is now considering a ban on TikTok also.

Parents and grandparents need to know about this. Are we comfortable having every aspect of our children and grandchildren’s activity sent back to a company with ties to the Chinese government?

I’m certainly not.

My recommendation is to make sure that TikTok is not installed on any device in your household. And if parents permit social media for their kids, stick with Instagram and/or Snapchat for the younger generations. At least we know that they’ll adhere to child privacy laws."

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Nope, just checked, still working for... my friend.

Ban it, not like it's hard for another company to show up and do it right.

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Didn't some users become millionaires off of it?

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MrBoone - 

Didn't some users become millionaires off of it?


much like youtube and instagram, there are definitely tiktok "stars" none of us have heard of making more money than i'll likely ever see in my life.

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Basically, they are doing just what FB did or does, but with a better engineered app. 

MrBoone -

Didn't some users become millionaires off of it?

I think some popular ones get brand deals and shit. There's no like ad sharing I don't think.

MarsMan -

Basically, they are doing just what FB did or does, but with a better engineered app. 

The app is much less stable than my Facebook app. Probably like 40% of the times I launch it, it says "unstable network connection", and won't work.

i'll stay with my netscape.  boomer ftw

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MrBoone - 

Didn't some users become millionaires off of it?


much like youtube and instagram, there are definitely tiktok "stars" none of us have heard of making more money than i'll likely ever see in my life.

You can become a ticktok star too.  Just shake your ass and do a little dance.

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I believe there has been a lot of issues with child porn distribution through TikTok as well. 

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ScreenName22 -

Good lord, Adults use Tik Tok?

Mostly 18-40 women that are scantily clad.

With some really good cringe porn mixed in.

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Nitecrawler 

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