China-owned video-sharing platform TikTok is at risk of a nationwide ban in the US over security concerns.
The proposed ban is being considered by Congress, but voices are beginning to rise against the restrictions.TikTok is now at 150 million monthly active users in the United States.
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A group of lawmakers, including Jamaal Bowman, Mark Pocan, and Robert Garcia, joined TikTok’s creators in a Washington, D.C. press conference to advocate for the implementation of comprehensive privacy regulations that apply to all major social media platforms.
As expected, Rep. Mark Pocan and Rep. Robert Garcia joined Jamal Bowman and TikTok’s creator in a press conference against the ban on TikTok. pic.twitter.com/q2UUkQCGQX
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) March 22, 2023
“Banning TikTok is not the answer. It’s about making sure Americans’ data is safe,” Pocan said.
A “xenophobic witch hunt” is motivating some in Congress to seek a TikTok ban, Pocan argued.
‘Banning is not a realistic solution’
New Hampshire Governor Chris Snunu against the ban I also don’t think it’s a “practical” solution to national security concerns about this application.
A government ban may be necessary, but “if a government tells 100 million people to remove TikTok from their devices, that doesn’t seem realistic,” he explained.
“This app should not be banned in the US,” added Sununu. “Americans should be able to choose whether or not to download TikTok.”
Despite this favorable stance, the governor suggested that users should be fully aware of the dangers of installing TikTok on their devices.
“Our job is to let people know that when they choose to use TikTok, they are effectively choosing to hand over their personal information to the Chinese government. We need to clarify what information will be made available.”
Of course, TikTok has repeatedly refuted claims that it shares US user data with the Chinese government, stating that it “is not an agent for China or any other country.”
5 million US businesses affected
The TikTok ban will affect about 5 million businesses in the US. claimed Congressman Jamal Bowman.
“Over 150 million Americans, including 5 million businesses in the U.S., use TikTok to inspire creativity, bring joy and sustain lives,” says TikTok itself, which has 160,000 followers. said Bowman, who has
“There needs to be a way to not block a great opportunity for this country,” said Robert Garcia, the Democratic Party leader for California.
without a doubt. It has given us a platform to reach millions of people, even ordinary people. For me, LGBTQ advocacy has grown and I have been able to support so many people in the queer community. As a soldier and security guru, your concerns are real and must be addressed (but…
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According to American statistician Nate Silver, a significant number of voters support a TikTok ban, but this doesn’t necessarily dictate the political reaction to such a ban.
“It’s not necessarily definitive about what the political reaction will be. But OMG GEN Z is very angry and I trust it before the notion of hand gestures that we have to appeal to young people.” To do.” murmured Silver.
TikTok’s prolific American user (LukeDavidJohnson) on why 100 million Americans voluntarily chose to use the US Security State and why both parties are keen to ban the app shows skepticism about Even if you support the ban, it’s worth listening to. pic.twitter.com/UY95xoBXDF
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 19, 2023
Yahoo Finance technical editor Daniel Howley previously said that TikTok’s data collection policies are similar to other social media apps such as Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.
“TikTok collects data similar to Meta, Twitter and Snap. We often talk about groups of these kinds of bots being found and spreading propaganda — this could be a problem on TikTok. But it’s already happening with Meta,” Howley said.
Tech journalist Matthew Keyes, meanwhile, believes that TikTok is being blamed for “the work of Google and Facebook.”
“Bipartisan lawmakers in Congress are ready to ban TikTok because they claim it can be used to collect data and spy on Americans. I have.” murmured Key.