Content creators blast a potential TikTok ban

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Content creators blast a potential TikTok ban

Lawmakers are gearing up for a Wednesday vote on bipartisan legislation that could lead to a ban on TikTok.

Amidst the fervor surrounding the potential ban on TikTok, one of the world’s most popular apps, with an estimated 170 million users in the United States alone, content creators are voicing their concerns. Many rely on the platform as their primary source of income, and a ban could have serious repercussions.

Content creators blast a potential TikTok ban
Content creators blast a potential TikTok ban

 

Outrage from Content Creators

Amber Estenson, better known as “That Midwestern Mom,” found fame on TikTok with her quirky Minnesota-inspired recipes. Her content went viral, amassing a million followers. Estenson expressed her worries, stating that a ban would be “unrealistic and absurd,” and would result in a significant loss of income. She emphasized, “It would mean I would lose a million follows.”

William McCoy, also known as Izzy White, uses TikTok to help homeless people in his community. He expressed concern that without TikTok, those he assists might go without food. McCoy stated, “Without TikTok, basically all the mouths that I feed every day wouldn’t get fed every day.”

Bipartisan Legislative Support

Lawmakers from both parties are supporting a bill that would require TikTok’s China-based parent company, ByteDance, to divest the app within six months of the law’s enactment or face a nationwide ban. National security concerns have been raised due to China’s stake in the app.

Civil Liberties Concerns

Despite these concerns, civil liberties attorney Jameel Jaffer argues that a ban on TikTok is not the solution. He pointed out that many other platforms collect similar information, which is then sold to data brokers and potentially accessed by foreign governments.

Current Restrictions

Currently, government employees on the federal level and in several states are mostly prohibited from using TikTok on government-issued devices. Montana made headlines as the first state to ban the app on all personal devices in May 2023. However, a judge blocked the law in November 2023, and the state has since appealed the decision.

Conclusion

As the debate over TikTok’s future unfolds, content creators, lawmakers, and civil liberties advocates are closely watching. The outcome of the upcoming vote and any subsequent actions could have far-reaching effects on the app’s millions of users and the broader digital landscape.

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