TikTok Tries To Curry Favor With The US By Saying It Will Create 10K Jobs In The Country

There’s been a lot of talk about TikTok. Most notably that it is a security risk because of how aggressive the popular app is at collecting data off smartphones. That’s led to it being banned in India and has also led to discussions about it being banned in the US. Thus you cannot be shocked that TikTok is trying to fight back against this by saying that it will create jobs in the US, presumably to give the US government a big incentive not to lower the boom on it:

The announcement comes as the company faces mounting criticism over its handling of user data and its ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance. “These are good-paying jobs that will help us continue to build a fun and safe experience and protect our community’s privacy,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN on Tuesday. TikTok said it has already tripled its US workforce this year, and the new jobs will be based in California, Texas, Florida and New York — focusing on areas including sales, content moderation, engineering and customer support. The jobs announcement is part of a wider game of defense that TikTok has been playing to meet allegations by policymakers that TikTok poses a national security risk. The move also appears to follow a tried and true playbook for tech companies: when under fire, play up the job creation potential. Lawmakers including Sens. Chuck Schumer, Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley worry the company’s user data could ultimately find its way to the Chinese government.

My take on this is simple. TikTok is a app that needs to be banned ASAP. This really shouldn’t be a discussion as it is clear that it slurps up data like a vacuum cleaner. The International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) has warned that this is a risk for companies and companies like Wells Fargo have banned it from devices that their employees use for company business. And you can add the DNC and RNC to that list as well. This isn’t about being anti-Chinese as TikTok supporters have alleged. It’s about the fact that TikTok is a bad actor and have done nothing to alter that image. By that I mean by changing their data collection habits. Just look at this report on what it collects and how it does it and you’ll see it shouldn’t be within a million miles of your phone. Or any phone for that matter. And the fact that TikTok has offered up jobs in the US shouldn’t make any difference.

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