Short video creating app TikTok has become the most controversial applications of all time. Adding to its never-ending spree of controversies, now, a group of Japanese lawmakers has their eyes on TikTok and other apps developed by Chinese firms. The steps are taken soon after the Indian government blocked some Chinese apps, and the U.S. is considering doing the same. While India has already banned 59 Chinese apps and 47 of their clones, the government is reportedly considering a list of 275 more apps that it may ban in the future.
A Japanese national broadcaster NHK first reported the decision. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party stated they would be pushing the country's government to "take legislative steps" to "limit the use" of TikTok and other apps that introduce from China. While the country considering the resolution is new, the core concern is the same between India, the US, and Japan, which is the risk of user privacy and sensitive data ending up in China, posing as a national threat to the respective nations.
Although Bytedance's TikTok had it's largest user base in India, Japan was the first overseas market where the app rose to fame and went viral. TikTok is stated to be consistently topping the entertainment app section of Apple's App Store and is also the fifth-most downloaded apps across all categories as per App Annie.
The U.S., on the other hand, has also shared thoughts on banning TikTok soon. A Senate panel had disallowed government officials from using the app last week, and both President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said earlier that the government is considering a ban on TikTok.