Google is no better than TikTok

There are new concerns about new famous video-sharing app TikTok and its privacy. TikTok, the video-sharing app whose meteoric rise amongst teenage users has made it a challenger to the likes of Facebook, is under attack thanks to its Chinese roots.

The Trump administration said this month it’s considering banning the app in the US altogether. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first broke the news on Monday, telling Fox News’ Laura Ingraham the administration was considering a ban on national security grounds.

It’s actually funny that a lot of people are now considering deletion of the app for privacy reasons but they have no problem with Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. for the same thing. It’s safe to say that TikTok has even less data of users than Big Tech.

Pompeo says that using TikTok could mean people’s data ends up “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” It may be correct. I encourage you to uninstall this software too. Not only this app but every proprietary privacy-violating app you have.

But something I don’t understand is that how people can be concerned about a company because it has Chinese roots but be completely OK with another company that even collects and processes more data only because it’s American.

If TikTok collecting data is bad, Google harvesting data is worse. I believe United States officials are well aware of how Google and other American companies harvest people’s data. I’m also sure that U.S. Government has no problem with people’s privacy being violated.

New concerns and media attention to TikTok is just another political game between U.S. and China. Some political analysts believe putting a ban on TikTok is just to punish China for coronavirus.

Anyway, as I said, I totally encourage people to delete the app as much as I encourage people to move away from Google and any other privacy-violating proprietary software/company. It would be just ridicules if you are concerned about privacy of TikTok but not the same situation on Google, etc.

Dual standard for Google and TikTok
Dual standard for Google and TikTok

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Ali Reza Hayati

Entrepreneur, hacker, cypherpunk.