By Aimen Zehra, age 10
Originally published July, 2020
President Trump issued an executive order in August to ban TikTok in the United States. The app, popular with celebrities and teens around the world to make goofy content, was created by ByteDance, a Chinese company, and has over 315 million downloads worldwide.
President Trump issued the ban because he believes ByteDance may be stealing people’s personal information. According to reports, the Chinese Communist Party is able to track the records of 145 million users’ personal information. TikTok has tried to strengthen their privacy settings by creating a content moderation center.
As TikTok is becoming increasingly popular to spread political views, some government entities, such as the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration, had already banned their employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices, citing data security concerns. TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration, claiming the ban is unconstitutional.