For some, this is the perfect time to join the TikTok universe. If you're not already in the know, TikTok is a social network of short-form videos, many of which fans would argue are works of creative genius. From dances to lip-syncing to acting, TikTok is a hub of original content for users to both enjoy and to create themselves.
Business Insiders' Isobel Asher Hamilton points out the platform has the numbers to back it up:
TikTok is becoming a growing threat to Facebook, especially given its popularity with the younger Generation Z, a demographic Facebook is eager to recapture.
But TikTok might not be all fun and games. Journalists have pointed to a more sinister side of the app. In Nov. 2019, the New York Times reported that TikTok was said to be under national security review, and in March of this year, The Intercept investigated censorship on the platform. According to the Intercept's Sam Biddle, Paulo Victor Ribeiro and Tatiana Dias:
The makers of TikTok...instructed moderators to suppress posts created by users deemed too ugly, poor, or disabled for the platform, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. These same documents show moderators were also told to censor political speech in TikTok livestreams, punishing those who harmed “national honor” or broadcast streams about “state organs such as police” with bans from the platform.
For some, downloading TikTok will never be worth the entertainment.
Gun control activist David Hogg called out TikTok in late March, arguing the entire platform should be canceled.
But for many, TikTok is simply a place to find light content and to keep them entertained.