Technology expert: US plans to ban TikTok

TikTok Source: Reuters/Scanpix

Hans Lõugas, a senior technology analyst at CybExer Technologies, said the United States (U.S.) is planning to ban one of the world's popular social media applications, TikTok, as it is allegedly collecting large amounts of data.

Alongside Lõugas, experts Stefan Airapetjan and Marilyn Jurman explained on ETV current affairs show "Ringvaade" on Tuesday how to use TikTok during a discussion. 

TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming.

The application became available in the United States after merging with It allows users to create short music and lip-sync videos of three to 15 seconds and short looping videos of three to 60 seconds. 

Lõugas explained: "The IT experts, who have researched the application say they have never experienced that much of data collection from any other social media platform.

"It collects data from a person's profile and their personal information on their phone. It's an extremely comprehensive data collection tool, which looks like a very effective social network."


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