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TikTok
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Where stupidity reaches the next level.
a.k.a.: Musical.ly (formerly)
Type of site: Video sharing
Social networking service
Language:
41 languages
Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Cebuano, Czech, Dutch, English, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Korean, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese
Created by: Zhang Yiming
Owner: ByteDance
Date of launch: August 2014 (China, Musical.ly)
September 2016 (China, Douyin)
August 2, 2018 (Worldwide)
Status: Active
Predecessor: Musical.ly


"Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with them. Because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it’s always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone. I actively tell people, 'Don’t install that spyware on your phone'."

Steve Huffman

TikTok (known as Douyin (抖音) in China), formerly known as Musical.ly is a Chinese video-sharing website founded in 2016. The site is mainly used for short comedy, dance, or lip-sync videos.

Why It's Rotten

  1. The community is unbelievably terrible, and is riddled with users trying way too hard to be funny, uncreative users, and even pedophiles.
    • Due to the high amount of under-aged users, pedophiles stalking them is not uncommon, with some even making duet videos of them doing suggestive actions.
    • Clickbait and reaction videos are rampant.
    • Users harassing each other, whether it's cyberbullying or sexual harassment, is common.
    • Racists and Xenophobes are common, such as a now-banned Native American user who makes hate videos towards white people, Anti-Semitic videos can also be found and is rampant on this platform.
    • Many of them use very annoying songs in their videos.
    • When a user makes an original song, it quickly gets stolen and those who steal it don't even credit the creator.
    • Not only that, but some TikTokers may even say that the song was stolen from TikTok, even those older than TikTok.
    • When a certain fad becomes popular, tons of users will take advantage of it and try to milk it as much as possible before it dies out, resulting in tons of unoriginal content.
  2. Speaking of the community, it poses several idiotic, toxic and dangerous challenges/trends. Some examples include:
    • The #CoronavirusChallenge, which led to many people who took part in the challenge testing positive for the COVID-19.
    • Even had a challenge called #AutismChallenge, which encourages users to make fun of autistic people.[1]
    • There is also another ableist challenge like this called the #NewTeacherChallenge. It involves a parent sending a photo of a disabled person (as their child's new teacher) to their child, which will cause that child to react negatively (normally by crying or acting out of fear). Not only does it offend disabled people, it is also fear-mongering.
    • Had a challenge called #GeorgeFloydChallenge, whose users knelt on their friend's neck, like how George Floyd died, which is not only racist, but it is also disrespectful to him and his relatives.
    • Had one call #SkullbreakerChallenge, It involves three people standing next to one another in a line. When the person in the middle jumps in the air, the people on either side kick out the legs of the middle person, this challenge led many people to go to the hospital due to this prank.[2]
    • Users posting about getting abortions and acting proud about it.
    • Users wasting thousands of dollars in Dogecoins, which is a near worthless cryptocurrency.
    • Users pretending to be victims of the Holocaust to "educate" viewers about it, but this just comes across as them mocking the victims instead.
    • Some challenges are very dangerous that only the dumbest of people would attempt them. Some examples would include the #TidePodChallenge (Where people eat the laundry detergent whole) and the #OutletChallenge (Where people would insert a penny into a partially inserted plug which would cause the outlet to spark, possibly frying the wiring and/or even causing a fire.)
    • Many users are also promoting the bizarre theory that Helen Keller never existed, despite the fact that she is well-documented. Their logic is that a person who was both blind and deaf couldn't have possibly done the things she did.
  3. Poor moderation: Despite bad behavior plaguing the platform, TikTok does very little to stop any bad behavior.
  4. The app collects data without the user's permission. Some of this info includes device hardware, other apps on your device, network related info, your location. This has led to multiple countries investigating the app, with some banning it under certain circumstances.
    • Despite there being a good amount of evidence, TikTok denies this, claiming that they are "baseless accusations".[3]
  5. Because of the nature of the videos, many of them can damage people's attention spans, especially under-aged kids who are still growing.[4]
  6. While the duet mode sounds good on paper, it encourages problems with the community as mentioned above, like harassment and cashing in on other users' videos.
  7. Most ads for the platform are obnoxious. The fact that they are very common doesn't help matters at all.
  8. A 19-year-old posted a video of himself committing suicide. Instead of alerting the police immediately, the staff instead dealt with their PR to make sure they didn't receive backlash. It took them about three hours until they finally contacted the police.
  9. In a terrible attempt to "combat cyberbullying", they disallowed posts from poor people or people with an abnormal appearance from appearing in the featured section, which can be seen as rude for them to do, and gives all of those users a disadvantage in getting views and followers..spite creating a policy about spreading false information shortly beforehand.[5]
  10. There are some SJW users. One example is Jorobe whose TikTok page is chock full of SJW propaganda.
  11. Due to being owned by a Chinese company, there is a ton of propaganda praising the Chinese government on this app.
    • A user who made a video to bring awareness to the ongoing Uyghur genocide was banned from the platform for "hate speech".
  12. For some reason, you can't view your profile picture on computer so you need a mobile device to view your profile picture on TikTok.
  13. A TikToker named Zachary Latham even went as far as to kill a man named Timmy Durham when he confronted Latham after he almost ran over one of Durham's children. In events leading up to the murder, Zachary made videos of him harassing and taunting the Durham family (his neighbors). One video show him calling one of his neighbors a Karen when she confronted him about having a loud car and overrall being a public nuisance. All of this for the sole purpose of gaining fame on Tiktok.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Making videos and using in-app features to edit videos is quite easy compared to other video-sharing websites.
  2. Some of the videos on the platform can be funny or interesting, depending on your view.
  3. Some good artists and animators on the app, though they (sadly) can often be overshadowed by the terrible users on the site.
  4. There are some good users on the site such as Addison Rae, SeanDoesMagic, DonaldDucc, Papa Gut, Charlesmallet, and logan.toth.
  5. Back when it was "Musical.ly" before the buyout, it wasn't the Chinese spyware.
  6. There are still some decent TikTok videos like the dogs or cat TikToks or the "I'm just a kid" TikTok.
  7. Some good songs have TikTok to thank for becoming popular, if through what could be seen as dumb "dances".
  8. Some of the worst users like That Vegan Teacher have been banned from the site.

Trivia

  • TikTok was also fined $5.7 million for violating COPPA in February 2019. It later returned under fire by Donald Trump for selling data from the US to China. It however, played a role in exposing China's lack of privacy laws when it comes to information.

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Comments


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Nihirichan

7 months ago
Score 37
"I am glad I grew up with YouTube instead of TikTok."
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MeMeGuYWasLost

7 months ago
Score 4
^
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8BallBFDI

6 months ago
Score 5
Aren't we all
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Trashanimal

6 months ago
Score 9
Glad I grew up with YouTube, Wikipedia and Instagram instead of TikTok
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Necropolis

5 months ago
Score 2
Same here
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King Ostrich

4 months ago
Score 0
same
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LouBlu08

one month ago
Score 1
I am glad I grew up with Rotten Websites Wiki instead of TikTok.
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HarvettFox96

7 months ago
Score 6
Thankfully, I had never joined my account on that abominable website which causes critical privacy, security, and social concerns.
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LunaTheUnikitty!Lover2005

5 months ago
Score 3
Saaaamee, i never planned to ever sign-up for TikTok any soon, and never will because of the security concerns and the highly offensive challenges it has.
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CrusaderPrime

7 months ago
Score 6
I think TikTok is going to put on the Chinesetankies list don't you think?
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HarvettFox96

7 months ago
Score 0
There's the rival American counterpart Triller originally started rather at the second place back in 2015; and challenged against the Chinese counterpart TikTok over patent infringement.
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Jamie2Jamie

6 months ago
Score 1
Woah woah they literally don’t allow posts from homeless or people with abnormalities in their appearance to get featured? They’re literally just making them feel more insulted of their appearance. Fuck TikTok. I’m glad I’ve never joined it.
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Eric Cartman 2001

6 months ago
Score 3
I'd rather listen to Lele Pons screaming "I'm Latina" for 10 hours straight than to ever enjoy anything from this trashy app.
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Pacsonic9000

6 months ago
Score 1
I first heard of TikTok from my mom saying that China's using it to spy on Americans. I can see it now.
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CrusaderPrime

6 months ago
Score 0
Thats why i was thinking of putting it on Chinesetankies due to this.
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KMFStudios

6 months ago
Score 4
I'm glad that I grew up with YouTube and YTMND instead of TikTok.
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

6 months ago
Score 0
same
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FreezingTNT

6 months ago
Score 0
YTMND?
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SpazJR61

6 months ago
Score 0
YTMND still around to this day, as they're re-opened the website.
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AstroidexAdam

3 months ago
Score 0
And I'm glad I grew up without internet till I was 11 or 12 years old(around 2013-early 2014).
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VSSVintorez908

6 months ago
Score 0
(just asking) Where did you get the source of WIR reason number 8?
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DeciduousWater534

6 months ago
Score 1
SomeOrdinaryGamers mentioned it in his video "TikTok is a garbage platform".
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Rockman138

6 months ago
Score 10
I never trusted TikTok from when I heard of it in 2018, and I'm happy it is getting banned from the USA (and possibly other countries) because that app deserves it. So yeah, fuck the CCP, and TikTok itself. Oh, and definitely fuck the iLOVEFRiDAY fans that post these stupid Hit or Miss memes that have no reason to exist other than they make that stupid Mia Khalifa diss track song some so-called national anthem of their website.
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 15
Lot of girls in my school use this app and even recommended me to use this app as well, but, my parents prohibited me to download it and I'm glad they did.
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Good girl! :)
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Anonymy

6 months ago
Score 10
My 8 year old sister obsesses over this app, and one time she ended up doing the autism challenge. I even told her she was too young to be on Tiktok, but she refused to listen.
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Anonymy

6 months ago
Score 13
I have autism, and was sickened when I learned when she had done it. I even told her that, and she had no affection.
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BlueSapphire400

5 months ago
Score 2
It's BlueSapphire200, but I would like to apologize to everyone here for overreacting.
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BlueSapphire400

5 months ago
Score 1
I'm sorry for being overly offended, it's just that I don't like it when people make fun of the disabled(both physically and mentally) people.
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Agent Joestar

3 months ago
Score 3
where are her parents, they shouldn't be letting a child on an app with pedophiles that would possibly go after her
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 16
Man, this app has basically taken over my school, now everyone in my school is addicted to it. I keep getting attacked over my hatred against it.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

6 months ago
Score 4
Well, you’re not alone here.
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 6
Theblazemaster4, Same. Also, I don't like it when people attack each other just because they have different opinions.
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 6
It took everyone over, and they are lashing at me by annoying me with it, and no one was safe from it, not even my best friend.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

6 months ago
Score 3
Hence why it’s labeled “fundamentally parasitic”.
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Amazingtoludada300

6 months ago
Score 2
Me too
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ChrisTheMan1673

6 months ago
Score 2
Yes even my school! That app brainwashes teenagers all over the place!
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 4
That's why I like to call it "a drug very cleverly disguised as social media"
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TheFlyingBirdwingxx

5 months ago
Score 3
Nearly EVERY school's been taken over by TikTok. I can NEVER go through a day of ANY week of sitting in my Tutor and hearing girls dancing and/or listening to TikTok.
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

6 months ago
Score 5
I never really cared about this site, but now I'm glad I never joined it
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SpazJR61

6 months ago
Score 9
These apps show how people are dumb these days.
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 5
It certainly does.
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Anonymy

6 months ago
Score 4
Exactly.
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 3
Yeah.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

6 months ago
Score 0
I agree.
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My school is filled to the brim with TikTok addicts, and they won't talk to you unless you have a phone. Shame on them
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Collin from DOAWK

6 months ago
Score 3
Glad that I grew up with Cable Tv YouTube and my Xbox 360
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

6 months ago
Score 4
same
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SpazJR61

6 months ago
Score 3
Glad I grew up with Windows XP with Modem and Pentium 4.
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BlueSapphire200

6 months ago
Score 1
Same.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

6 months ago
Score 1
Glad I grew up with YouTube.
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
Score 0
Late response, but same, especially with the early YTP days where the CDi Zelda games and Hotel Mario were relevant in that era.
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Amazingtoludada300

6 months ago
Score 2
I hate everything about TikTok
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MeMeGuYWasLost

6 months ago
Score 2
Same.
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Batman129

6 months ago
Score 0
Unpopular opinion but there are some users that I think are good such as Logan.Toth.
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DeciduousWater534

6 months ago
Score 7
Every social media platform, regardless of how terrible they are, will always have at least one good user. It's just that those good users are severely overshadowed by the bad ones most of the time.
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Batman129

6 months ago
Score 0
I concur
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ChrisTheMan1673

6 months ago
Score 3
I'm glad i QUIT TikTok for good!
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 4
TikTok is a drug very cleverly disguised as social media.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

6 months ago
Score 1
Ikr.
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Paprika

6 months ago
Score 2
That's an odd time to say it considering there's currently a trend that involves overdosing on Benadryl to trip and hallucinate.
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 3
I mean how addictive it is.
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Jclem05

6 months ago
Score -2
Ha ha ha ha... HA HA HA... HAH HAH HAH... AH HA HA HA.... I can't... HA... Stop Laughing! They are... HEH HEH... so terrible!
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Caulipower

5 months ago
Score 0
It this sarcasm?
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Jclem05

5 months ago
Score -2
Nope.
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EliasD

5 months ago
Score -1
Some tik tok kids get bullied
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Raynard2

5 months ago
Score 2
I use tiktok, but I can respect opinions on it. In fact, tiktok sucks now. They got a 17 year old named Donelij on New York Times, for making 2 facial expressions. They call it "Harrasment and Bullying against Gay and trans people" even though it's unconfirmed that Donelij is a homophobe.
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MatthewThePrep

5 months ago
Score 1
This may sound like a bad idea, but could we have a Crummy TikTokers Wiki created?
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Raynard2

5 months ago
Score 1
I'm trying to do that. I'll make terrible tiktokers and amazing tiktokers. IDK how to make a wiki though
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ACoolBlaze5

5 months ago
Score 0
I'll make it and I'll make you an admin on it.
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ACoolBlaze5

5 months ago
Score 0
I made it, Matthew, it's at terribletiktokers.miraheze.org
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Raynard2

5 months ago
Score 0
Can I edit something there? I want to add something
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 10
TikTok just got banned in the US.
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ACoolBlaze5

5 months ago
Score 2
YESSSSSǃ
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MeMeGuYWasLost

5 months ago
Score 3
Crab rave.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 3
My comment didn't age well. TikTok is still active in the US but companies like Microsoft and Walmart are trying to buy it.
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Necropolis

5 months ago
Score -1
Thank god.
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Arctic01

5 months ago
Score 1
I never made an account there but I gotta admit. I'm mixed with this site as a whole since I do enjoy watching a few videos even though most of them can be cringeworthy to watch. The videos TikTokers uploaded in 2018 are worse than some of the videos uploaded much later.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 0
Maybe I'll be Tracer
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Necropolis

5 months ago
Score 2
I'm glad I grew up with YouTube and Discord instead of Tik Tok
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Caulipower

5 months ago
Score 2
For me, I grew up with Newgrounds and YouTube.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 1
Same.
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Neon F.

5 months ago
Score 0
Oh wow, so "original"
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Master Chief

5 months ago
Score 1
I feel bad for the other kids who where in my middle school last year who didn't know their info was getting sold to China and getting brainwashed to think that the videos on frik tok are funny.
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Batman129

4 months ago
Score -1
No offence but this is kinda rude
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LuigiMan050-5

2 months ago
Score 0
No OfFeNsE bUt tHiS iS kInDa RuDe
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Mr. Monty Mole

4 months ago
Score 2
The "Fortnite" of websites.
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LuigiMan050-5

2 months ago
Score 1
Instagram is the other Fortnite of websites.
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SniperKing1337

4 months ago
Score 0
TikTok is garbage and it should never been made.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

4 months ago
Score 0
TikTok will infuriate you, to the most anger you will have by their repetitive and terrible ads.
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Nathandoesyoutube

4 months ago
Score 1
Good thing I never used this app.
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SajZeal

4 months ago
Score 1

@Nathandoesyoutube SAME

I wonder how generation Z would be like if they all are over 18...
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MrAnonymous

3 months ago
Score -5
TikTok =/= Cancer
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BrutalFlare6

3 months ago
Score 1
I seen a TikTok before that had some kind of NSFW recorded straight from television, and I seen the "Blue Hustler" watermark on the television, and I almost fainted. I then deleted TikTok and I decided that I will never use Tiktok ever again.
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What.jpeg

3 months ago
Score 0
TikTok, basically social media "stories": the app.
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Puar2000

3 months ago
Score 0
The last time my older sister visited us for a few months, she was obsessed with TikTok to the point of mildly irritating me.
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Mr. Dready

3 months ago
Score 1
I never want to use it anyway.
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Luigitehplumber

2 months ago
Score 1
I’ve always hated this site.
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ItMeansNothing

2 months ago
Score 0
TikTok is why I stopped hating Snapchat.
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LuigiMan050-5

2 months ago
Score 1
When you get ads of TikTok on your phone... it's like they're trying to make you fall for their spyware.
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Bean64

2 months ago
Score 0
I guess I made a mistake on making the account even though I solely used it for pug related content
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TheBubsy

2 months ago
Score 3
I miss Vine :(
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SniperKing1337

2 months ago
Score 1
Same
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Mr. Dready

2 months ago
Score 0
My cousin uses TikTok, and at times he sends me on Messenger something stupid from it.
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My name is Valentine you bit-

one month ago
Score 0
I actually have a Tik Tok account and i'm one of the only users that is actually normal lol

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