First off, I know it’s spooky season and I by no means want to scare the daylights out of you. But I do like keeping my readers informed. I’m not on TikTok for a few reasons. Let’s get into it!
There are blatant red flags for users’ privacy on TikTok. #1, the app has been collecting children’s data without parental approval; promised to delete it after receiving a hefty fine; then failed to live up to the agreement. Add the allegations from the Indian and US governments in 2019 about sharing user data with Beijing, and you have yourself a very dangerous application.
Why? More and more countries are putting bans on the TikTok app due to its proof of child-stalking (as their the top app users) by pedophiles and child-trafficking criminals. Keep your kiddos safe, folks, and pay attention to what they are posing on TikTok.
How to get around this: Change all your safety settings to “friends” to prevent strangers from interacting with you.
Dangerous Viral Challenges
Challenges have become a viral phenomenon across social media platforms as of late. Some aim to spread awareness on diseases like the ALS ice bucket challenge, while others tested users’ physical abilities like the bottle cap challenge. But some videos that circulated on TikTok were just flat-out dangerous.
The skull-breaker challenge, which involves someone jumping, while two other people kick his legs in mid-air so that he falls down. These actions may lead to severe brain damages, spinal injuries, and sometimes deaths.
TikTok said it would remove dangerous content from its platform, urging users not to take part in such challenges. But they never did during the height of this challenge. I already have an old-lady mentality and less hope for the next generations’ intelligence and common sense, TikTok is not helping this…
How to get around this: Activate the Restrictive Mode feature to filter inappropriate content. Also… start teaching your kids about common sense early.
Content Blocking for LGBTQ+ , the Overweight, and People with Disablities
This is crazy!
According to German outlet Netzpolitik, TikTok used unusual methods to limit the reach of users with disabilities. It also instructed moderators to curb the exposure of overweight and LGBTQ creators, who all ended up on a list called “special users.”
The social media platform confirmed the news, explaining that it took these measures to protect users from bullying. However, this also is against freedom of speech and expression and is clearly bigoted towards these groups.
How to get around this: Flat out; Don’t use the platform…
I get it. TikTok is entertaining and perfect for the constantly-hungry-for-content-mind. It’s not for me. Maybe I’m too old (33). Perhaps I just don’t want to silence people OR promote child cyberstalking from preditors OR promote children breaking their skulls. Maybe it’s just me. What about you?