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TikTok Banning in the U.S.

By: Jackson Donovan/Junior Writer and Emma Davis/Editor-in-Chief

TikTok, which has been around since 2016, is a popular video and streaming app used by 102.3 million people in the U.S. as of 2024. However,  some U.S. officials would like to ban the app because of possible security risks to its users.

The United States believes that the Chinese government is spying on people and stealing information through the app. U.S. officials also believe some of that information is sensitive top-secret information crucial to the security of the nation.

It has been a question of why the app has not been banned in the past even though there have been many hearings held.

The voting from Republicans and Democrats at the meeting voted unanimously 50-0 on banning TikTok.

Then the ban on TikTok will be in motion if ByteDance (a Chinese company that owns TikTok) does not agree to sell it to the U.S. in the next 6 months.

This would be an outrage to much of the public if this ban were carried through. Individuals and Companies have been able to use TikTok as a source of income.

The others who use TikTok have become fond of the app, some even use it every day.

TikTok CEO Shou Chew has defended his app’s legitimacy by stating that, “ByteDance is not owned or controlled by the Chinese government.”

Chew as of now refuses to sell TikTok as he does not believe there is any valid reason.

TikTok is very popular for ages 15-25 and very popular in high schools. Many in this demographic are outraged while most in the older demographic don’t mind.

Student Views

TikTok is among the popular apps students use from day to day and mixed emotions stir as the banning of TikTok becomes known. For some students letting go of this app comes easy.

Bella Shea, an eleventh grader states, “I’m okay with it getting banned. TikTok is so bad for you.”

For many though, the banning of TikTok seems unnecessary.

“I’m angry. I love TikTok. The first thing that I do is watch TikTok.” Madison Makosky said.

Mckennah Thomas, another eleventh grader explained, “It’s awful I spend more time on TikTok than anything. People these days are so attached and connected to TikTok that it’s all they do. I think it’s unhealthy because nobody should be on their phone the amount of times people are usually on their phones.

Teacher Views

Among the many apps their students use, TikTok is the most used for their students and the teachers here at Blue Ridge have become well acquainted with the app.

Greg Bitner, a history teacher at Blue Ridge explained, “I think it’s a good idea for everyone that TikTok gets banned. I think it is a distraction for many Americans. I also find it funny how people get mad because it is getting banned.”

Sue Graham, a current math teacher here at Blue Ridge, relies on TikTok for the sole purpose of entertainment she stated, “I think it’s dumb TikTok amuses me.”

For more information on the TikTok ban click here: https://variety.com/2023/digital/news/tiktok-ceo-congressional-hearing-us-ban-company-agent-of-china-1235562390/

Read more about our students and their thoughts: https://www.raiderreader.org/category/editorialopinion/

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Jackson Donovan
Jackson Donovan
Jackson Donovan, 16 years old, lives in Hallstead Pennsylvania and is currently in 11th grade and does not have any true plans for the future as of yet. He has lived in the same town for his whole life and does not plan on any change. Main interests include golf, motorsports, designing, and sleeping whenever possible. Current academic future is unknown but he would like to go to college as it would just generally help a lot more later in life.
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