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TikTok Menace

February 26, 2020


“I think there should be regulations on
social media to the degree that it negatively affects the public good.”
~ Elon Musk Right, we’ve got ourselves this app called
TikTok. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the hottest
social media network of the moment. TikTok. Make Your Day. Real People. Real Videos. Yeah I hate all those other video-sharing
sites with fake people and fake videos. Anyway, TikTok allows its users to record
short-form videos up to 60 seconds long. It’s extremely popular with young people
and has an extremely low barrier to entry. Pretty much anybody can make a video. Just dress up in a Spider-Man outfit and do
something silly on a soccer field for 10 seconds. Done. That’s pretty much all you have to do. You don’t have to be great at editing. You don’t have to have high production values. You can just pull out your mobile phone and
film yourself flushing the toilet, lip-syncing your favourite song, plugging in a power adaptor
and confusing the Americans, or dancing while you’re at work. There is no expectation of a highly-polished
video like perhaps what people on YouTube have grown to expect. Point and shoot. Do something silly. That’s essentially what TikTok is all about. And guess what? It’s worked. Young people love it. If you’re lucky enough to make a viral video,
it might go on to be watched by millions of viewers in a matter of hours allowing some
users to achieve online stardom almost overnight. This is the new normal for younger people. These figures don’t lie. TikTok is the most downloaded social media
app bar none. It has over 500 million active users. Whether this trend continues or not, who’s
to know? But it certainly is hot at the moment. Before I talk about the dark side of TikTok,
first, a bit of a history lesson. TikTok is owned by a Beijing-based company
called ByteDance. They created a short-video app called DouYin
back in September 2016. (The name literally means Tremolo in English). It’s popularity skyrocketed, and within
a year, it had over 100 million users in China with over 1 billion video views per day. It was time to go global. In September 2017, the app was released in
other Asian markets like Japan and Thailand, and quickly became the number one ranked app
in those countries. Popular video app Vine closed its doors in
October 2016 leaving lots of users looking for an alternative. That alternative was Shanghai-based musical.ly. ByteDance saw this sudden spike in musical.ly’s
popularity, so bought out its competitor in November of 2017. In August 2018, it announced it would be shutting
down musical.ly and merging it with TikTok. The rest is history as we say. ByteDance is now valued at over US$78 billion
making it one of the most valuable private companies in the world. Now back to the dark side. The Skull Breaker challenge is a recent trend
on TikTok. I know theses sorts of challenges could appear
on any social network, but unfortunately, many of TikTok’s users are kids who have
very little self control and are easily influenced by their peers. In this challenge, two so-called “friends”
stand on either side of you. They jump first, and then you jump, at which
point they furtively kick out your legs from behind making you lose your balance and smashing
your head on the floor. This group of smarties decided to try out
the “challenge” on their hapless friend. He fell to the floor striking his head quite
severely and was rendered unconscious. In the video, his friends could be heard laughing. Yahoo News recently reported that a child
actually died from this stunt. It’s sickening to think that we’ve somehow
allowed this to become “entertainment”. Of course, TikTok publicly announced that
they don’t condone these types of videos with a spokesperson saying, “The safety and well-being of our users
is a top priority at TikTok. As we make clear in our Community Guidelines,
we do now allow content that encourages, promotes, or glorifies dangerous challenges that might
lead to injury, and we remove reported behaviour or activity that violates our guidelines.” But the biggest issue with TikTok is what
they are doing with our children’s data. As a Chinese company with links to the Communist
Party of China (I promise you — all Chinese companies have links to the CPC, because you
can’t possibly become successful within China unless you’re willing to pander to
the ruling Communists). Cybersecurity experts are warning that TikTok
could potentially be used by Chinese authorities to influence and monitor millions of Australian
users. Fergus Ryan, an analyst at the Australian
Strategic Policy Institute, told the ABC that parents should not be fooled by TikTok’s
similarities with other major, but US-based, social media platforms. He said, “The amount of data that all these apps
collect on their users is very concerning. But the key difference between Facebook and
Instagram, and TikTok, is that there really isn’t much of a firewall between Chinese tech
companies and the Chinese state.” Essentially, our children’s data is going
to a foreign country with the potential for it to be used for nefarious purposes. TikTok of course are a business, so are responding
to theses criticisms by introducing new family-friendly features. They have recently released a “Family Safety
Mode” in the UK which allows parents to limit their children’s access to the app. This of course will be rolled out to other
markets in due course. Anyway, that’s my rant on TikTok. I’m not saying that it’s a bad platform. Obviously young people like using it. But we have to be careful how these big companies
are influencing our children, and how and where their data is being stored. Obviously none of us want children breaking
their necks doing stupid challenges, so ultimately, parents have got to keep an eye on what their
children are watching. We can’t trust big companies, especially
big Chinese companies, to look after our children’s needs.

13 Comments

  • Reply Trap Country February 20, 2020 at 3:19 am

    Fantastic video! Keep it up! Would you like to be YouTube friends? 🙂

  • Reply XimerTracks - Sub To Me February 20, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Here before 6000 subscribers. Don't stop. I want to be youtube friends 😮

  • Reply dxer22000 February 20, 2020 at 3:42 am

    wait till the corporations get hold of it…..it will be full of ads & users will quickly migrate onto something else. Always trying to stay one step ahead of the corporates……

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  • Reply John Ellison February 20, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Seriously good video today mate. Very informative. Cheers.

  • Reply Max Rockatanksy February 20, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Tik Tok: Now owned by the Chinese, quietly watching 1.4 Billion faces daily.

    On a really dark side- imagine a Chinese company being able to see how humans react, and the environments around them.

    Scary huh?!

  • Reply BigBollocks February 20, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Never trust the Han Chinese. Ever. You will regret it.

  • Reply David Szabo February 21, 2020 at 3:24 am

    Anothet idiotic challenge. What's next? The Frogger challenge – where kids jump between cars to get to the other side of the road?

  • Reply Siberius Wolf February 21, 2020 at 5:19 am

    That is the ruling party in China, and their name, yes. But we should also be clear that they are FAR from even trying to enact communism as a party, and that even when they were trying, they were never communist, as a country/economic system.

    They never even enacted just socialism across the board, let alone communism.
    They were after centrally planned socialism, which I think is far more shit than democratic (non-authoritarian) market socialism, but either way.

    Since Deng, they now call it "Socialism, with Chinese characteristics". Which is really another way of saying "we're going to really lean into capitalism (along with the type of corruption that comes with it), and then one day we will totallyyyyy see if we can get to socialism, I promise. But it's going to be centrally/state planned, with us still up the top, rather than market socialism, of course.

    Somehow, I seriously doubt that the Communist Party of China is all that interested in even just socialism to begin with. Sure as hell not market socialism.
    I prefer to call them what they are. Capitalists.

  • Reply DuckClassifieds February 25, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Lovely video and information.

  • Reply pepitoaus February 26, 2020 at 12:44 am

    I feel more safe using Facebook, Instagram or similar, they would never spy on us!

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