AYU Official : The Chinese-owned short video social network is having a summer to forget as major social media influencers begin to look for alternatives.
TikTok recent streak of bad news continued on Thursday after elite gamer and YouTuber Tyler “Ninja” Blevins tweeted that he had deleted the China-made app over privacy concerns.
“I have deleted the TikTok app off all my devices. Hopefully a less intrusive company (data farming) that isn’t owned by China can recreate the concept legally, such funny and amazing content on the app from influencers,” Ninja tweeted to his 6 million followers. He didn’t however delete his TikTok account, which as of Thursday night was still active.
The rejection of a highly influential gamer like Ninja is the latest blow to TikTok in what is becoming a summer to forget for the company and stark counterpoint to the rapid growth that saw it hit 1 billion users in just over two years. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based tech giant ByteDance, and the short-video social network has long been dogged by privacy concerns and whether the Chinese government has access to user data. The company has consistently denied any links to Chinese state actors and says user data is safe.
Despite its protestations, TikTok is reeling from a cascade of global events. Last month, India’s government banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps citing privacy and national security issues, a move prompted by a deadly Himalayan border clash between the two countries.
The ban in India is a huge setback for TikTok as it had well over 200 million users and was growing rapidly, with the country accounting for 30 percent of all global downloads. Some China-based reports say that ByteDance could lose as much as $6 billion following the India ban.
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