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    Ban or No Ban? TikTok Faces Critical Moment as its CEO Testifies in Front of Congress

    victorlei

    March 22, 2023

    TikTok’s CEO is testifying in front of Congress today — where he’ll try to convince lawmakers that TikTok isn’t a national security threat. You mean this app?

    The app is much more than dancing videos now:

    • TikTok has 150M monthly active US users — nearly half the US population.
    • Nearly a quarter of US adults regularly get news from TikTok.

    What are the options? The US is thinking about forcing its parent company, ByteDance, to sell TikTok — or outright ban it in the US.

    • It’s the closest the US has gotten to banning TikTok — after Trump tried in 2020 but failed.
    • Experts and insiders say China is likely to block a sale of TikTok (FT).

    Banning the app also isn’t that simple. Not banning it could make the US look weak — and banning it could hurt free speech and anger users, according to Vox.

    Why is TikTok so dangerous? Critics say the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can influence what users see — or that the CCP could access American data.

    The app is already banned in India and from government devices in the US, UK, Canada and EU.

    Band-aid solution: TikTok is already routing data through its partner Oracle — who’s auditing their algorithms to prevent manipulation from Chinese authorities.

    This could impact more than just TikTok: A “TikTok ban could be devastating for modern international trade,” — per Georgetown University professor Anupam Chander.

    Good read: “Yes, of course we should ban TikTok” (Noahpinion)

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