China-owned video-sharing platform TikTok is on the verge of a nationwide ban in the United States over security concerns. The proposed ban is being reviewed by Congress, but voices have started to rise against the restriction. TikTok currently has 150 million monthly active users in the US. A group of lawmakers, including Jamaal Bowman, Mark Pocan, and Robert Garcia, along with TikTok’s creators, held a press conference in Washington DC to advocate for the implementation of comprehensive privacy regulations that would apply to all major social media platforms.
“Banning TikTok isn’t the answer. Making sure Americans’ data is safe is,” said Pocan.A “xenophobic witch hunt” is motivating some in Congress to seek a TikTok ban, argued Pocan.
‘Ban is not a practical solution’New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu is also against the ban and believes it does not seem like a “practical” solution to national security concerns about the application. Sometimes government bans are necessary, but if “the government’s now going to tell 100 million people they have to delete TikTok off their devices, that doesn’t seem practical,” he explained.
“The app should not be banned in the United States,” added Sununu. “Americans should have the choice whether to download TikTok or not.”Despite this pro-choice stance, the Governor suggested users should be fully aware of the dangers of having TikTok installed on their devices. “Our job is to make sure folks know that if they’re choosing to use TikTok, they’re choosing to hand their personal information over to the Chinese government, effectively. So we need to make it very clear about what is being transferred, what information is being made available.” TikTok, of course, has repeatedly refuted allegations of sharing American user data with China’s government, saying it “is not an agent of China or any other country.”