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In today’s global tech environment, they’re people who design the algorithms for other to follow whether you like it or not.

YouTube don’t need your permission to advertise on your screen. That’s just one out of many. The previous Twitter ban in Nigeria affected lots of businesses thriving on the app including the activities of the growing number of social media influencers in promoting businesses and new startups.

It’s a no brainer that a social media ban in a particular country doesn’t necessarily affect operations in other countries but a usage ban by tech giant such as Apple and Google would most definitely shake countries and lots of users.

Recently in a letter, the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, Brendan Carr urges Apple and Google to ban TikTok. According to the commissioner, the app is no longer safe to use. He labelled TikTok as a “national security risk.”

In the letter, Carr expressed concerns over TikTok’s Chinese control and handling of sensitive US data. He cited a report containing leaked audio recordings that was released last week.

This is not the first time a move like this has been made. TikTok was close to being banned by the Trump administration in 2020.

And some weeks back, Elon Musk tweeted saying “some people” think the wildly popular video-sharing app is destroying civilization. Others also think the platform should be closed for humanity’s sake.

The time’s Tikin’

 

By Elijah Christopher

 

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Elijah Christopher is a lifelong creative artist and a journalist for “A New Touch Of Africa”, an American news media and magazine focusing on Africa-related issues, fashion, new technologies and innovations. He has contributed to several published works, most notably a collaborative poem celebrating Scottish poet Edwin Morgan and in 2021 was the winner of the DIAJ Award for his photo-artistry.

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