Why Was TikTok Dangerous?

The popular social app TikTok was recently banned in India due to security concerns. The app, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, had become one of the most downloaded apps in India due to its wide variety of content and engagement features.

However, the Indian government felt that the app posed a security risk to Indian citizens and decided to ban the app.

The main concern with TikTok was its data collection practices. As with many social media apps, TikTok collects user data such as age, gender, location, and contact information.

This data is then used to provide Targeted ads and content recommendations. The problem was that this data was being collected without the consent of users or their parents, which raised privacy concerns.

Another issue with TikTok was its content moderation system. There have been numerous reports of inappropriate content being posted on the platform, including videos featuring children engaging in potentially dangerous activities such as self-harm or suicide attempts. Although ByteDance has implemented measures to try and control this type of content, it has not been able to completely eradicate it from the platform.

Finally, there were also concerns about how TikTok handled user data after it had been collected. It was alleged that ByteDance had shared user data with Chinese authorities without users’ knowledge or consent. This could potentially have allowed Chinese authorities access to personal information about Indian citizens which could be used for surveillance or other nefarious purposes.


TikTok posed a serious threat to Indian citizens’ security and privacy due to its data collection practices without consent; its failure to properly moderate inappropriate content; and allegations of sharing user data with Chinese authorities without users’ knowledge or consent. These factors all combined made it a dangerous app for Indian users and ultimately led to its ban in India.