TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social platform, used to create short dance, comedy, etc. This app always had a rough journey since it launches due to the type of content that is promoted. A worldwide hacktivist group Anonymous launched a campaign against TikTok and urged to uninstall TikTok claiming it’s a Chinese Spyware.
On July 1, Wednesday from there twitter handle they twitted saying
“Delete TikTok now; if you know someone that is using it explain to them it is essentially malware operated by the Chinese government running a massive spying operation”.
Later that day Forbes first reported the story and explains the whole story. Anonymous started this campaign after the security issue of the beta version of iOS 14 it released that TikTok is trying to reach out to the clipboard of iPhone subscribers multiple times.
Along with the tweet the Anonymous also reshared the story of Reddit post of an engineer Dan Okophyi, who affirm “reverse-engineered” and find that TikTok is trying to collect the data, which could be a reason for various concern.
Anonymous further stated that the TikTok is also trying to collect the data from its user phone/computers to detect their market reach.
Bangorlol a Reddit user claimed to have successfully reverse-engineered it and shared what he learned about the Chinese app TikTok.
However, until now on all of these allegations, TikTok is still quite. It doesn’t show any support nor contradict the allegations.
Why is the TikTok banned in India?
On Monday, July 29 Government of India banned 59 Chinese apps in India along with TikTok. All the 59 apps have been removed from the Google play store as well as the Apple App Store. This action has been taken based on national security concerns, which raised after a clash between the soldiers of both India and China. During the fight on the border, India lost 20 soldiers.
About TikTok analyst said that India is among the third global users of the app. Chinese app which was banned they were collecting and transmitting the user’s data in an unethical way to the outside of India.
An official press has been held on banning of the Chinese apps Ministry of Information and technology stated, “invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and given the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps ( see Appendix) since because of information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”