TikTok banned in many U.S. schools and universities. Students are furious
The saga of TikTok in the U.S. continues. After the authorities recently banned the use of this social network on government devices, the same comes to many schools and colleges today.
Their Wi-Fi networks are now set to automatically block any action related to the TikTok app or website, which caused furious reactions from students. Given that TikTok has been the most popular social network in the world for some time, it is not unexpected that users reacted to the ban so strongly.
The saga of TikTok goes back to 2019 when then-President Trump announced the ban on this social network in America. Due to various reasons, the absolute ban has not taken place yet, but it’s being implemented in smaller steps.
American authorities accuse ByteDance, the TikTok parent company, of unauthorized data collection and sending to China. As expected, they never provided any evidence for such accusations, but they don’t really need it because, as in the case of Huawei, they will use labeling. On the other hand, it is interesting that in 2019 Trump specifically requested that an American company should take over TikTok’s operations in the US.
Things might be a little different than in the case of Huawei since it didn’t have a significant share in the American market, while TikTok has an extremely large user base. It should certainly be noted that TikTok achieved its global success thanks to an excellently developed algorithm, so it is not surprising that the US administration attempted to acquire it through acquisition.