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"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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Poor moderation: Despite bad behavior plaguing the platform, TikTok does very little to stop any bad behavior.
- 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".
- Because of the nature of the videos, many of them can damage people's attention spans, especially under-aged kids who are still growing.
- 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.
- Most ads for the platform are obnoxious. The fact that they are very common doesn't help matters at all.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are some SJW users. One example is Jorobe whose TikTok page is chock full of SJW propaganda.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- Making videos and using in-app features to edit videos is quite easy compared to other video-sharing websites.
- Some of the videos on the platform can be funny or interesting, depending on your view.
- Some good artists and animators on the app, though they (sadly) can often be overshadowed by the terrible users on the site.
- There are some good users on the site such as Addison Rae, SeanDoesMagic, DonaldDucc, Papa Gut, Charlesmallet, and logan.toth.
- Back when it was "Musical.ly" before the buyout, it wasn't the Chinese spyware.
- There are still some decent TikTok videos like the dogs or cat TikToks or the "I'm just a kid" TikTok.
- Some good songs have TikTok to thank for becoming popular, if through what could be seen as dumb "dances".
- Some of the worst users like That Vegan Teacher have been banned from the site.
- 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.