The US threatened to ban TikTok
The US government's threat to ban TikTok, a Chinese app in the country, has some users and observers worried that the US move against the short video platform is politically motivated.
Citing threats to national security, the Trump administration signaled that it was considering banning TikTok, owned by Byte-Dance of Beijing, in the US.
"Washington DC right now is looking for reasons to show how 'tough' it can be on China, and Tik-Tok is a convenient target precisely because it is wildly popular," said Steven Weber, associate dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.
Weber said some of the generalized frustration with and anger at social media companies, particularly Facebook, for security, is being directed at TikTok. However, these debates have become politicized, and the key issue is worsening US-China relations, he said.
"My view is that the issue here isn't really about TikTok; it's about the overall deterioration in Sino-American relations. This week the villain is TikTok, last month it was Zoom, and before that Huawei," Weber said.