Why Is Tik Tok Being Banned And How Are Teens Impacted?


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PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 05: In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, Tik Tok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. The social network broke the rules for the protection of children’s online privacy (COPPA) and was fined $ 5.7 million. The fact TikTok criticized is quite serious in the United States, the platform, which currently has more than 500 million users worldwide, collected data that should not have asked minors. TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, is a media app for creating and sharing short videos. Owned by ByteDance, Tik Tok is a leading video platform in Asia, United States, and other parts of the world. In 2018, the application gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in October 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Sophia Bowman

Recently, many teens have been asking why Tik Tok is getting banned? Are people spreading rumors or are these rumors facts? Well, the news about this “Tik Tok ban” has spread throughout the U.S. Originally, Tik Tok had been taken by a Chinese company, Bytedance, after Musically had gone away. After a while, the company had been seen as taking user’s personal information and taking illegal actions. Due to new regulations, companies like Oracle, Walmart, and Bytedance produced an agreement about the ownership of Tik Tok. A safer way of this app. However, after a ton of investigation and comments about what could happen, something actually occurred. The news spread like wildfire that Tik Tok had not had the ability to be downloaded anymore in the app store. Fortunately, the app would still work if it was already in use. Of course many people didn’t believe this news, or maybe they didn’t want to, but regardless, mostly teens, had disprohabation on this subject, especially because of the amount of use. As of June of 2020, teens took the lead in usage with about 33% and after teens came young adults from starting around 20 years of age with around 30%. This percent has proven to increase since then. But really—what do we actually know about Tik Tok? What is actually true? 

Sure—there are statistics and facts about the usage and harm of Tik Tok occurring, but there are no statistics to justify how teens are impacted. How are teens feeling about their favorite app potentially disappearing? What do they have to say? Kids decided to start sharing their thoughts, simply through the app. They explain how they feel—either positive or negative—through videos with many different opinions, sounds/background musics, and comments. Although most teens know how dangerous this app is, they continue to fight for its approval to this day. In order to “solve” this dilemma, teens in the U.S. started to change their locations to other countries thinking that the app wouldn’t delete. Even though this would assuage their fears, it would not do anything better. The account would still be able to be tracked back and personal information still received. But, overall, teens and all users are affected. And who knows what will really happen. Will Tik Tok actually stay? Or will there be a new Tik Tok? No one really knows anything except that Tik Tok should be taken seriously and with caution.