The current uproar over popular video app TikTok is framed as one of privacy: The app is leaky, it’s selling your data, and it’s owned by a Chinese company, so who knows where that information is going. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has gone so far as to suggest that the U.S. is “looking at” banning the app.
The Department of Defense and major private companies like Wells Fargo have already forbidden their employees from having the app on their work devices. The Democratic and Republican national committees have also warned against using it.
But is TikTok really that dangerous?
No more so than other social media apps or online services, experts told Digital Trends.