Tiktok original: This is how the Chinese Douyin app works

A ban on Tiktok has been discussed in the USA for months. The app is a stripped-down version of the Chinese platform Douyin. How do the two apps that are used millions of times differ from each other and why Douyin is so controversial.

Espionage, manipulation, stupidity: the USA accuses the Chinese operators of the globally popular app Tiktok of all of these. Like a Trojan horse, the accusation goes, the Chinese government wants to use the app to sneak into Western societies and steal users' personal data undetected and without permission.