, according to foreign media, over the past year, with the tiktok overseas (TikTok) becoming one of the most popular short video applications in the world, it has accumulated many problems similar to other large social networks, and even some activists have used TikTok to influence the US general election. However, in fact, all these problems can be ignored or forgiven, except that tiktok belongs to the Chinese technology company byte beat.
< / P > < p > in recent weeks, the issue of tiktok ownership has become a topic of close concern to legislators, regulators and privacy activists in the United States. Trump is considering measures to completely ban the app in the United States. Institutions such as Wells Fargo and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have instructed employees to remove tiktok from their work phones for fear of possible security problems. < / P > < p > in order to cope with the increasing pressure, tiktok tries to make itself more “American”. The company has hired lobbyists in Washington, hired a U.S. chief executive (former Disney executive Kevin Mayer), and is even considering selling a majority stake in the company to U.S. investors. Jamie favazza, a spokesman for tiktok, said in a statement that, in addition to its chief executive, the social network has employed Americans as chief information security officer and security director. “We’ve tripled our U.S. workforce since early 2020 and plan to recruit another 10000 people in Texas, New York and Florida over the next three years,” she said < / P > < p > many people are concerned that Chinese companies like tiktok attract the attention of millions of Americans and that they share data with third parties. At the same time, lawmakers worry that tiktok may be used to promote young Americans. But Mr. fawaza said tiktok stores U.S. user data in Virginia and Singapore. She added that the company’s content review was led by the US team and was not affected by any foreign government, and tiktok did not provide data with third parties. < / P > < p > at the same time, the motives of critics attacking tiktok are also questionable. Many conservative politicians, including trump, seem to be more concerned about being tough on China than preventing tiktok users from being harmed. Silicon Valley technology companies like Facebook, whose executives have warned about Chinese technology acquisitions, are sure to see regulators crush one of their main competitors. < / P > < p > to be honest, I (Kevin Roose, the author of this article and a well-known technology columnist), do not believe that tiktok poses an urgent threat to the national security of the United States. Or, to be more precise, I don’t believe tiktok is inherently more threatening to Americans than any other application that collects data from Americans. Besides, it is impossible to ban all Chinese technology companies from operating in the United States, so we need to find a way to make Chinese applications coexist with American society. < / P > < p > one option might be to implement strict internal controls on byte skipping to prevent its Chinese employees from accessing any of tiktok’s systems. The idea behind this is: instead of completely banning tiktok, or forcing byte skipping to sell it to Americans, why not build tiktok into a template and turn it into the most transparent, privacy preserving and morally constrained technology platform? < / P > < p > as a foreign-funded application, tiktok is easier to regulate than US technology platforms in some aspects. There are many initiatives that the US government can take to ensure that tiktok plays a responsible role in the US information ecosystem, rather than completely banning it. This may require the company to open source key parts of its software, including machine learning algorithms that decide which posts to display to users. < / P > < p > in addition, it may put pressure on tiktok to accept periodic audits of its data collection practices and to open its internal content audit guidelines for public comment. As industry insiders have pointed out, byte skipping can impose strict internal controls and open source these controls so that outsiders can verify this separation. Sam sacks, a network policy researcher at New America, a think-tank, says the many solutions proposed for tiktok, such as selling it to US investors, do not solve the core problem. Because even American owned tiktok can legally sell data to third-party data brokers, who can still share data with others. In contrast, the US government should enact strong federal privacy laws to protect the data security of tiktok users without completely banning the application, according to Sachs. “Let’s solve the problem at hand first,” he said. If you’re worried about data security, the best way to protect data is to put tiktok under a microscope and make really strong, executable rules about how they use and retain data. ” < / P > < p > forcing tiktok to operate in a completely transparent way would do much to ease American fears. This could be a test case for a new model of technology regulation that will not only improve the accountability of all Chinese technology companies, but also help improve the operations of American companies. In essence, many of tiktok’s fear factors can be attributed to lack of information. In March, tiktok announced that it would open a “transparency center” where independent auditors could review their content auditing practices. The company has also started publishing a transparency report, similar to Facebook and twitter initiatives, outlining various deletion requests it receives from governments around the world. < / P > < p > but we still don’t know how tiktok’s algorithm is programmed, or why they show which videos to which users. We don’t know how it uses the data it’s collecting, or how it formulates and enforces its rules. But we should know these things, not only tiktok, but also social media applications in the United States. < / P > < p > after all, Facebook, instagram, youtube, twitter and snapchat play an indispensable role in the lives of millions of Americans. For years, they have been operating in some degree of secrecy, and few other important companies like them have been allowed to do so. We know little about the internal operation of these platforms, and it is often years after the incident that we can learn the truth from internal leaks or former employees. < / P > < p > some experts believe that tiktok’s current dilemma is a turning point to change the status quo. “I think tiktok is a bit of a diversion,” said Alex Stamos, a former Facebook chief security officer and Stanford University professor. At the end of the day, how to deal with tiktok is less important than how to deal with multinational technology giants in general. It’s a thoughtful opportunity to regulate companies operating in the US and China, regardless of their ownership. ” < / P > < p > in other words, there should really be a debate about how all the big technology companies that affect billions of people should operate and what they should be asked of them. If we can find a way to deal with tiktok, we won’t just have to save one of the best software in the world. (small)