The most critical say that TikTok promotes depression or anxiety
With the debate on TikTok, I wonder why we still haven’t regulated where the information goes when we access the internet? Well, I’m sure that even the size of the coffee we’ve preferred for a while is among those algorithms.
Without a doubt, the popular social network that emerged in Beijing, China, in 2016 as an App for sharing videos, is now a headache for the ByteDance company for being in the eye of the hurricane since 2020, when the Donald Trump government tried to veto it. ; and even reached an agreement to accept the participation of US companies.
But even so, Trump did not stop its expansion and at least two-thirds of the nation’s teenagers use it. In addition, it is the second domain in world popularity, due to its dances or challenges, which alarm about the risks for the youngest. However, it also catches adults looking for “their 15 minutes of popularity” online through platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, which they use to get out of boredom, loneliness, and entertainment, despite the fact that some of these videos they are not funny at all.
The most critical say that they promote depression or anxiety, and it is serious because 25% of its users are between 10 and almost 20 years of age and because it is so addictive they call it “digital fentanyl”.
It seems good that schools want to ban it, or the Department of Commerce that analyzes the risks to national security, here in the United States, all because their algorithm detects everything without us noticing.
We have heard similar objections about the algorithms of Meta or Facebook and Instagram and although TikTok says that it works to eliminate harmful content, the alarm remains, since every hour it collects information on the network.
That is why several of our states already prohibit it and the National Congress argues that the network keeps sensitive information such as the location of users such as members of the armed forces and worse still, it would serve to publish content to generate a war against the Internet. TRUE.
And although his spokesman Jamal Brown says that everything is due to political interests and misinformation, in China it is prohibited and regulated among young students.
The risks are real and worrisome, which is why we believe that Congress is in arrears to take this bull by the horns and promote regulations in defense of the right to information, privacy and the use of the “census” that we suffer on the internet every once we accept the conditions of use.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.