TikTok content creator defends platform amid security concerns, proposed ban | WLUK
(WLUK) — The future of the popular video sharing app TikTok could be in jeopardy.
But one cybersecurity expert said if TikTok is banned, then it’s time to consider doing the same for other data collecting apps.
“If our congress is really concerned about protecting our privacy, they should holistically,” UW Green Bay Information Systems Professor Gaurav Bansal said. “If the only concern is that other countries will be able to learn about user’s data, user’s behavior, user’s intention, then Facebook is no different.”
Digital privacy concerns shouldn’t be taken lightly, according to Bansal.
“It learns so quickly about our deepest desires,” he said. “You’d be surprised how quickly it can learn about us.”
Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher recently called into question the safety of the app owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance.
Since the announcement of the proposed legislation, content creators like Kody Green have weighed in.
“I was able to make a career out of what happened because of TikTok,” Green said. “I was able to start doing motivational speaking around the country, and I was able to start working with other amazing creators.”
With 1.2 million followers, Green has been using his platform to spread awareness about mental health. The La Crosse native said that without his audience, he wouldn’t be where he is today.
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