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The White House's TikTok Ban Is Both Needless and Will Hurt Americans

Armand Yazdani

Posted on August 7, 2020 21:14

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With fresh sanctions imposed on ByteDance, job loss and the loss of a frequently used app are imminent in the US.

Amid concerns that social media giant TikTok is amassing data of its American consumers, the Trump Administration has opted to ban the app. President Donald Trump slammed multiple sanctions on TikTok this week, using emergency economic powers. Trump's executive order cites TikTok's surveillance of American users, stating that such mobile applications threaten American national security and the American economy. The order will effectively ban all US transactions with ByteDance. However, banning TikTok will both negatively impact American consumers and workers.

If the collection of American data could cease, the ban will be unnecessary. A few days ago, parent company ByteDance offered to divest its US TikTok operations, possibly leading to Microsoft overseeing the consumption of TikTok in the US. The American tech giant revealed it held talks with ByteDance on Aug. 2 to buy its US operations. If the buyout were to succeed, Microsoft aims to bolster the security of the app and protect the information of American users. Banning TikTok will be redundant if an American company such as Microsoft could oversee US operations and protect the data of Americans.

Banning TikTok will have bilateral economic consequences. Although the fact that ByteDance has been collecting data of Americans is heinous, a potential ban will also hurt the American economy. According to TikTok's US general director, Vanessa Pappas, the company currently has 1,500 staff in the US and is poised to offer another ten thousand jobs in a few years. Even if this number seems measly, the US cannot afford to lose more jobs.

In addition to job loss in a time of economic contraction in the US, banning TikTok will deprive many Americans of a product they enjoy. Back in late 2017, there were about 2.6 million American adults using TikTok. According to 2019 data from comScore, the number of unique users surged to 14.3 million. Moreover, TikTok has climbed its way to the 3rd favorite form of social media to American teenagers. In a survey of 5,200 US adolescents by Piper Sandler, 13% of listed TikTok as their favorite social platform. Removing TikTok from the US will not only cause job loss, but it will also entail banning something many Americans enjoy and frequent.

When the president's order comes into effect, the US can expect increased job loss and the dissolution of a product many an American enjoy. The removal of the social media app is needless and if the Trump Administration truly wanted to allow a transfer of ownership with TikTok’s US operations, it would allow more than 45 days before a ban. If TikTok fails to transfer its American operations, that inaction will hurt both Americans and the company. But if Microsoft or another company does take over TikTok's US operations, the buyout will be made in haste.

Armand Yazdani

Posted on August 7, 2020 21:14

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Source: ABC Boston

President Donald Trump said late Friday that the U.S. is going to ban the popular social media app TikTok.

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