New York Lawmaker Proposes a Ban of TikTok! Will Your Device Lose the App?
The social media platform TikTok may be popular with most Americans, but it isn't nearly as popular with America's lawmakers.
Since its release in 2016 and subsequent growth in 2017, TikTok has been the subject of numerous political battles, and numerous attempts have been made to ban it in the United States. It has remained legal, and heavily used, in the country, but anyone who follows the news cycle realizes that our use of the app may be on borrowed time.
For Americans who have state-issued devices, however, that borrowed time may be running out.
New York Senator Proposes Bill to Ban TikTok on Certain Devices
A story from ABC News 10 in Albany detailed a recent proposal to have TikTok banned on certain devices in the United States. The bill was introduced by New York State Senator Kevin Thomas, who stated that employees of state agencies should not be able to use TikTok on state-used devices.
This bill is a more tame version compared to other proposals we've seen, in which the app would be banned nationwide. Still, it could be a sign of things to come for users of the social media platform.
The problem with TikTok, as argued by lawmakers across the United States, relates to a person's personal information. The platform has an algorithm that learns more about its users every time they scroll past a video. If a person watches a video for a longer period of time, the app "learns" that this person likes this topic, and will provide more content related to that video.
Conversely, if a person skips a video after a short time, it "learns" not to populate your account with similar videos.
The more that a person uses the app, the more information the company is able to collect on you, and the more dangerous it can become. If that information ends up in the wrong hands, it could mean major trouble for the app's users.
It remains to be seen if the general public will keep its collective ability to use TikTok, but based on a recent story update, state-issued devices will no longer have that privilege.
For the rest of us, the clock is still ticking. Tick-tock, TikTok.