Should TikTok be banned in the United States? | The Tylt
TikTok is in the crosshairs of the United States government as tensions between the American and Chinese governments continue to build. Lawmakers point to two major issues when it comes to TikTok: concerns over private information and censorship. Last year, TikTok faced a bipartisan call for investigations after news outlets reported moderators on the app censored content that was deemed sensitive by the Chinese government.
The argument for banning Tik Tok basically boils down to Chinese ownership. The Chinese government is an authoritarian state with a long list of human rights abuses—they should not have access to all that data, nor should they be trusted to fairly moderate what is increasingly an influential cultural product.
However all these arguments are hypothetical. TikTok has made a large effort to internationalize. It is building offices around the world including a headquarters in the United States. Simply because a company has Chinese ownership does not mean that it is owned and operated by the Chinese government. TikTok is not unique with its problems, and a ban on that app could spur a backlash against American tech companies elsewhere.
Should TikTok be banned in the United States?