Decrypted: The block clock tick-tocks on TikTok – TechCrunch

Decrypted, this week, explores why TikTok is considered a national security

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In less than three months and notwithstanding intervention, TikTok will be effectively banned in the U. S. unless an American company steps in to save it, after the Trump administration declared by executive order this week that the Chinese-built video sharing app is a threat to national security.

Really, the answer is a bit of both — even if on paper TikTok is no worse than the homegrown threat to privacy posed by the Big Tech behemoths: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google .

How much of a threat TikTok poses exactly remains to be seen. U. S. officials are convinced that the app could be compelled by Beijing to vacuum up reams of Westerners’ data for intelligence.

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