President of the United States, Donald Trump, is Banning TikTok and People are Not Happy

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, Tik Tok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. The social network broke the rules for the protection of children's online privacy (COPPA) and was fined $ 5.7 million. The fact TikTok criticized is quite serious in the United States, the platform, which currently has more than 500 million users worldwide, collected data that should not have asked minors. TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, is a media app for creating and sharing short videos. Owned by ByteDance, Tik Tok is a leading video platform in Asia, United States, and other parts of the world. In 2018, the application gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in October 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Tiktok is an app where creators can post short edited videos up to a minute long.  Pictured above is the app loading screen.  (Photo courtesy of chesnot/getty images)

In late July 2020, Donald Trump, President of the United States announced that the popular social media app “Tiktok” may potentially be banned in the United States.  

Tiktok is a social media app that allows users to create and upload short edited videos.  On July 31, he announced on television that, “as far as TikTok is concerned, we are banning them from…the United States…I will sign the document tomorrow.”  Needless to say, everyone from the Tiktok owners to users themselves were very surprised.

Trump accuses Tiktok of privacy violations and stealing data from users.  Steve Huffman (Reddit CEO) said, “I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it’s always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone.”

Tiktok’s users were not happy about this to say the least.  They claimed that “these are baseless accusations made without a shred of evidence”; meaning that the president lacks evidence about what TikTok may be doing to the public.  

Creators and influencers who earned fame on the app now worry about their future.  Morgan Eckroth, known as @morgandrinkscoffee said, “it’s my first time, kind of, building a platform for myself that’s turned into something that’s led to me being like, kind of, a micro-public figure.” Charli D’amelio, who has over 70 million followers on Tiktok, has fans worried.  User @hemu0919 wrote this comment on one of her videos, “What is Charli gonna do.”  

Not only that but others who simply just enjoy watching these videos to pass time will miss the app too.  Ivy, a Leesville freshman, wrote, “But without it I’d probably just play more games or something.”  

Banning Tiktok would affect creators, viewers, and the users themselves in a negative way. 


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.