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TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming.
It is a popular video app famous across the world and especially outside China, it is used to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. The app was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in markets outside of China. There is a dark side of the app.
The language used in the app are mostly R rated.
As per Financial times, DECEMBER 20 2019 article, TikTok struggles to protect teenage users from toxic videos. Financial Times found evidence of violence, hate speech, bullying and sexually explicit content on TikTok, in some cases as part of trending topics with millions of posts.
As per cnet, The US government reportedly looking into the app for potential security risks. TikTok videos often include close-ups of people's faces, allowing the company to gather biometric data on its users, according to the lawsuit. Once a user shoots a video and clicks the "next" button, the videos are transferred to various domains without their knowledge. This happens before users even save or post a video on the app, the lawsuit states.
TikTok is gathering a trove of data about its users, including their phone and social network contacts, email addresses, IP addresses, location, and other information, according to the lawsuit.