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TikTok
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Look what we found here. The home of internet stupidity
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 2014. The site is mainly used for short comedy, dance, or lip-sync videos.

Instant Bad Qualities

  1. Poor moderation: Despite bad behavior plaguing the platform, TikTok does very little to stop any bad behavior.
  2. 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.[1]
    • Despite there being a good amount of evidence, TikTok denies this, claiming that they are "baseless accusations".[2]
  3. Because of the nature of the videos, many of them can damage people's attention spans, especially under-aged kids who are still growing.[3]
  4. 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.
  5. In a terrible and hypocritical attempt to "combat cyberbullying", they disallowed posts from poor people, LGBTQ+ people, and people with an abnormal appearance from appearing in the featured section, which can be seen as rude and insulting for them to do, and gives all of those users a disadvantage in getting views and followers, despite creating a policy about spreading false information shortly beforehand.[4]
  6. Because they're 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".
  7. The Text-to-Speech voice in almost every video can't sometimes be annoying to listen to
  8. 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.
  9. There are several idiotic, toxic and dangerous challenges and trends. Some examples include, but are not limited to:
    • The #CoronavirusChallenge, which involves people licking public toilets. Not only is it bilious, but it can also lead to you actually getting COVID-19 yourself, especially if it contains the Delta or the new Omicron variants.
    • The #AutismChallenge, which encourages users to make fun of autistic people (extremely rude).
    • 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.
    • The #GeorgeFloydChallenge, where users knelt on their friend's neck, like how George Floyd died, which can not only be considered very racist, but also disrespectful to the poor man and his relatives.
    • The #SkullbreakerChallenge, which 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, one death from this challenge was even reported.
    • 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 have survived 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 infamous #TidePodChallenge, where people eat the laundry detergent pods whole. Do they not realize how poisonous those pods are to the human body?! You could even die if the ingredients inside those pods get digested!
      • The #OutletChallenge, where people would insert a penny onto a tilted plug's partially exposed prongs which would cause the outlet to spark, possibly frying the wiring and/or even causing a fire, which is what happened to a school in Westford, Massachusetts, with the school's breakers and wiring being damaged and the student responsible receiving charges.
    • 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.
    • There's a really stupid challenge about DANCING ON SOMEONE'S GRAVE, which is undeniably disrespectful to the family's victim.
    • #DeviousLicks, which involve stealing and vandalizing school property. The trend has resulted in the suspensions, expulsions, and even arrests of many students across the United States.
  10. 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.
  11. On the mobile website, it forces you to install the app after browsing a certain amount of videos.

Good Qualities

  1. Without TikTok, we would never have memes like, "Hit or Miss" (based off the iLOVEFRiDAY's diss track on Mia Khalifa), "I'm Already Tracer", "Rockefeller Street", and even helped revive older songs, Food trends, Ratatouille the Musical, etc.
  2. Making videos and using in-app features to edit videos is quite easy compared to other video-sharing websites.
  3. Some of the worst users like That Vegan Teacher have been banned from the site. GeminiOfficial was also banned after it was revealed he was a pedophile.
  4. The idea of TikTok was fine, it was just ruined by awful community guidelines in which people can get banned/get their videos taken down for no reason.
  5. As a mention on GQ #1, TikTok has helped revive older songs such as "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.
  6. They have cracked down on certain trends such as the aforementioned devious licks. They began removing videos featuring the trend, and the trend was later banned for violating TikTok's Community Guidelines against illegal activities. Searching for related hashtags results in a message about TikTok's Community Guidelines.
  7. Some of the videos on the platform can be funny or interesting, depending on your view.
  8. Some good users on the app, though they (sadly) can often be overshadowed by the terrible users on the site.
  9. Some good songs have TikTok to thank for becoming popular, if through what could be seen as dumb "dances".
  10. The Cupcakke remixes are decent.

Trivia

  • TikTok was also fined $5.7 million for violating COPPA policies in February 2019. TikTok's response was to add a mode in the app intended for children.
  • TikTok later went 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.
  • TikTok is currently banned in India since June 29, 2020 as a "national security threat".[5]

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