Is the Clock Ticking for TikTok?
TikTok, a Chinese video-sharing and social networking service, was released in 2016. It is available in 155 countries and has seen over two billion downloads to date. In just a few years, the app's popularity had skyrocketed to such great heights that it had become an incredibly attractive portal for users and marketers alike. In 2020, however, the tide has turned as many countries have started imposing a ban on the app. Our recent poll also addresses this issue with a simple question to 2,204 respondents 'whether they think Tik Tok should be banned in the United States or not. The majority of the respondents (38.66%) support the motion as they feel all Chinese apps should be banned. 18.97% of the users vote for a ban on the grounds of it being a waste of time and effort. On the other end exists a group of people who maintain a completely different opinion. 18.97% of them think there isn't any need to ban the app if TikTok can guarantee that the user data is not being misused. 18.51% of the respondents also oppose the ban as they feel that TikTok is an effective way to cope with the depressing times of Covid-19. 4.90% of the respondents, however, haven't heard of the app before and thus have no opinion on the issue.