Why TikTok Might Get Banned in The U.S. (Again)

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In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, TikTok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. The social network broke the rules for the protection of children's online privacy (COPPA) and was fined $ 5.7 million. The fact TikTok criticized is quite serious in the United States, the platform, which currently has more than 500 million users worldwide, collected data that should not have asked minors. TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, is a media app for creating and sharing short videos. Owned by ByteDance, Tik Tok is a leading video platform in Asia, United States, and other parts of the world. In 2018, the application gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in October 2018.
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The popular video sharing app TikTok, which was initially founded in China, has repeatedly presented security issues. Now, the U.S. is joining Canada in banning the app from government-issued devices. The move is an effort towards protecting classified information from China’s government, likely after a string of what authorities and the Biden administration have referred to as “spy balloons” were shot down this year.

The ongoing surveillance was the final major warning bell that led officials to dig dipper into the string of alleged TikTok leaks.  The company was initially founded by ByteDance in 2016, and famously merged with the Musical.ly app, which was also a Chinese-founded company. Current CEO Shou Zi Chew is due to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23 regarding its security and privacy practices. At this time, it appears that the main security risks are linked to their parent company, ByteDance.

TikTok has proven over the years to be a double edged sword–some feel that it has increased access to drugs like fentanyl for teenagers and spread misinformation on a host of topics. On the other hand, it has created countless positive communities for lifestyle creators and musicians alike. Artists like Chrissy Chlapecka were able to build a platform of like minded people before even beginning their music careers. Naturally, social media had a lot to say about what a TikTok ban for the masses would mean. Many feel that an outright ban of the platform would isolate Gen Z and millennial voters.

Additionally, many argue that a total ban would infringe upon the first amendment of the U.S. constitution, which guarantees free speech.

Theories continued to spiral, with one Twitter user proposing that YouTube, a direct video sharing competitor of TikTok, could have something to do with a potential ban.


TikTok user Noah Glenn Carter (@noahglenncarter) regularly posts pop culture and tech news updates to his page, and was quick to discuss the potential ban. While TikTok’s loyal users were initially upset at the mention of the ban, Carter made the point that this will likely not be an overnight process, and still may not happen at all.


Well I guess Tik tok has a much higher chance to be banned now #tiktok #foryou #ban

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Comedian and interim host of The Daily Show Hasan Minhaj delivered a satirical monologue on the subject today. Many commenters agreed that the nation faces greater threats to security than TikTok.


Hey China, you think America lacks self-confidence? We called dibs on THE MOON. @Hasan Minhaj #DailyShow #fyp #foryoupage #hasanminhaj #tiktok #tiktokban #china

♬ original sound – The Daily Show

TikTok has already been banned in several public education institutions in certain states.  The 19 governors made the move to ban the app intermittently while the federal government determines just how much of a security risk it is.



COLLEGE NEWS: Don’t be surprised if your school has banned TikTok. #college #news #socialmedia #tiktokban #auburn #us

♬ original sound – Harlan Cohen

Despite the conversation surrounding the ban, media professionals are urging people to not jump to conclusions.


#tiktokban Yes its true one House committee is trying to fast track a bill that would ban TikTok in the US. But there is NO widespread agreement that a ban is the right move

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Due to the complexities of private and public networks, it will likely take months to fully outlaw the app. In the meantime, enjoy the FYP while you can.

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