TikTok ban in the U.S.: The repercussions

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  • The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday voted to bar federal employees from downloading the app on government-issued devices, again citing concerns over national security. TikTok is a free app, something like a short-form version of YouTube. With a mix of viral dance crazes and comedy sketches, TikTok has become a phenomenon among young people. Now it’s under investigation for allegedly collecting user’s information. What will happen to the influencers on TikTok? As relations between China and the U.S. continue to sour, who will be the next target?

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    In This Story: TikTok

    TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos of 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds.

    ByteDance first launched Douyin for the Chinese market in September 2016. Later, TikTok was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in most markets outside of mainland China; however, it only became available worldwide, including the United States, after merging with another Chinese social media service Musical.ly on 2 August 2018.

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