The US recently has debated banning TikTok, with companies like Amazon even suggesting employees shouldn't have it installed on their phones (then later retracting that). India banned TikTok along with other Chinese-based apps recently. And, perhaps most notably, China has banned a wide range of non-local apps from their market for decades.
What's your take on the situation? Should the US or other countries ban TikTok over privacy and data security concerns? Or should the web and app availability in general be left open for the market to decide on its own?
I personally think the US should not ban TikTok.
China has for years banned foreign websites and apps, especially those that don't comply with local censorship requirements, which most notably has kept American social media companies from competing inside China. That today could be argued is a trade restriction from China, a policy tech companies and other governments should want to see changed.
Banning TikTok merely legitimizes China's actions of banning foreign apps, removing the argument of why China should allow US-based apps into China in the first place.
If TikTok is collecting more data than the App Store and Google Play rules allow, or if they were found to be using undocumented APIs to break sandboxing, the App Store itself should remove their mobile app, as with any other app that does not comply with privacy policies. And if the US or other governments put more oversight on allowing Chinese companies to acquire domestic companies in their countries, or even require local data storage as the EU requires for many companies, that is in line with existing trade policies.
But if the US government bans specific apps, there's no legitimate way to criticize China's banning of US-based apps in the future. It'd then be merely a debate over which apps should be banned; the policy of banning itself would be legitimized.
Part of what's made technology and software especially such a dynamic industry is how globalized it is, how you can build something anywhere in the world and launch it globally. The more things get locked down, banned, and georestricted, the less that's the case.
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