Family Life

TikTok Might Be Banned, Here’s What We Know

Lawmakers in numerous countries have expressed concerns that TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, may expose private user data. The U.S. government in an attempt to protect user data on TikTok, plans to pass legislation to ban the social media platform unless it is sold to a government-approved buyer. Currently, more than 30 states have joined the federal government in the motion to ban TikTok on government-issued devices. Many colleges and other schools have the social media app blocked from campus Wi-Fi networks. President Biden recently signed into law legislation that gives ByteDance up to a year to divest from TikTok. To protect your data and privacy, you can employ the same practices used to protect yourself on other social media platforms, such as not allowing apps the permission to access your location or contacts.

This article was originally published in June 2024.

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