TikTok Urges Users To Ask Congress Not To ‘Shutdown’ The App, Warns Ban Would ‘Damage Millions Of Businesses’ & ‘Destroy The Livelihoods Of Countless Creators’ 

 

 

TikTok Urges Users To Ask Congress Not To ‘Shutdown’ The App, Warns Ban Would ‘Damage Millions Of Businesses’ & ‘Destroy The Livelihoods Of Countless Creators’ 

Will Americans soon be saying “goodbye” to TikTok?

On Wednesday (March 6), TikTok reportedly sent a push notification to users in the US, imploring them to “stop a TikTok shutdown,” sharing that Congress is in the process of “planning a total ban” of the beloved app.

They cautioned that a ban would “[strip] 170 million Americans of their Constitutional right to free expression.” The message also expressed that banning the app would cause,

“damage millions of businesses, destroy the livelihoods of countless creators across the country, and deny artists an audience.”

 

TikTok’s outreach campaign aims to rally opposition against a bipartisan House bill unveiled on Tuesday (March 5). The bill — known as the Protecting Americans From Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act — would require TikTok to divest from ByteDance, its Chinese-based owner, or risk a ban from the nation.

 

The bill was introduced by Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), who leads the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. Advocates of the bill clarify that it doesn’t outright ban TikTok, as it provides ByteDance with over five months to divest from the app.

However, TikTok spokesperson Alex Haurek stated,

“This bill is an outright ban of TikTok, no matter how much the authors try to disguise it. This legislation will trample the First Amendment rights of 170 million Americans and deprive 5 million small businesses of a platform they rely on to grow and create jobs.”

This isn’t the first time we have seen politicians go against the video-sharing platform. A few city and state administrations have already prohibited TikTok from being installed on government devices, and last year, Montana became the first state to enforce an app ban. However, it was halted by a judge and is now undergoing legal proceedings.

You may recall that former US president Donald Trump also previously had his sights set on banning TikTok. On July 31, 2020, he spoke with reporters about his intention to implement a ban on the social media app.

Donald Trump stated at the time,

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States. I have that authority…It’s going to be signed tomorrow.”

What are your thoughts on a potential TikTok ban in the United States? Let us know in the comments below!

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Authored by: Candice O