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4 thoughts on “TikTok adds 60-minute limit for teens but leaves big loopholes

  1. “ TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew told The Washington Post in an exclusive interview last month that the Chinese government has never asked for U.S. user data and that, “even if they did, we believe we don’t have to give it to them because U.S. user data is subject to U.S. law.”

    Hysterical because it’s not true.

    “… according to leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings, China-based employees of ByteDance have repeatedly accessed nonpublic data about US TikTok users — exactly the type of behavior that inspired former president Donald Trump to threaten to ban the app in the United States.

    The recordings, which were reviewed by BuzzFeed News, contain 14 statements from nine different TikTok employees indicating that engineers in China had access to US data between September 2021 and January 2022, at the very least. Despite a TikTok executive’s sworn testimony in an October 2021 Senate hearing that a “world-renowned, US-based security team” decides who gets access to this data, nine statements by eight different employees describe situations where US employees had to turn to their colleagues in China to determine how US user data was flowing. US staff did not have permission or knowledge of how to access the data on their own, according to the tapes.”

    TikTok should be banned in the US. The ban can be lifted when they allow US social media applications to operate in China.

  2. Shut it down, shut it down now. Shut down all social media where people can post their opinions where they would never dare to speak their opinions face to face.

    1. While I certainly don’t advocate being rude or cruel, and I do think social media can be harmful, we have something called the First Amendment that protects most speech, including rude and hurtful remarks. The government has ZERO authority to shut down all social media. TikTok can be regulated with respect to privacy concerns or certain limited material that minors may see, but there is NO governmental authority to enforce politeness or kindness. These are learned behaviors that PARENTS, other family members, teachers, neighbors, community leaders and other role models need to teach children and enforce with adults by setting boundaries.

      People need to learn to regulate their own behavior, and social media platforms can certainly voluntarily enforce codes of conduct (which all of them actually do to some extent or another). The government can only be involved in a very looted capacity. After all, I am sure you wouldn’t want the government deciding it didn’t like *your* comment and swooping in to delete it. That is something that happens in an authoritarian regime, like Iran, not in a free society.

    2. not a fan of tiktok. don’t have it. but you sound like you’re afraid of freedom of expression/1a