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White House is looking Forward at Banning TikTok and other Social Apps

Jade Casas



White House is looking Forward at Banning TikTok and other Social Apps

Recently, India banned 59 social apps by Chinese that leads to the possibility for the US Government at banning Chinese social media apps. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an exclusive interview with Fox News, that the US may ban a few Chinese apps and also Australia, legislators are calling the govt to ban TikTok and other Chinese social media apps in their respective country.

In an interview with Reuters last Friday, the TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer has confirmed that the Chinese government has never requested user data for malicious purposes.

Surprisingly that TikTok, the most downloaded app for more than two billion times in Apple and Google, is not available in China but owned by China’s ByteDance who made a promising mark on a global audience for the past 3 years. 59 other Chinese apps were also banned including Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings Ltd’s, and WeChat.

In an exclusive interview on CNN Business, Parker Pannell, 16-year-old who has 2.1 million followers on TikTok, told that he panicked when his friend found out that the Tiktok views and likes were reset to zero, immediately they checked the app.

“I went live and was just telling them, ‘Hey I’m not sure what’s going on, but please do me a favor and follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my YouTube,” Pannell told CNN Business. “Everybody was like ‘Parker, I love your videos. I’m going to miss you.’ Everyone was in panic mode.”

Pannell suspected the disappearing likes and view counts are connected that TikTok could be banned in the US, which sparked concern among creators that their hard work for months or years of building a name in the Tiktok world will end up nothing. “I’m scared because I put so much hard work into this platform for almost two years now. It’s obviously difficult to see that go,” said Pannell.

It turned out that the disappearing views on the app were a glitch, have been caused by “higher traffic than normal on our servers in Virginia, causing temporary service disruptions.”

President Trump was “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese-owned platforms, which is believed as a “threat to sovereignty and integrity.” Security experts are still on the process of assessing the said social app.



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Creators live-streamed with their fans to explain the glitch “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News earlier this week. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”

But influencers made out most of their creativity by imitating the drama of panic and anxiety by Tiktok users into a comedy, while Michael Scott’s voice screams “Everyone stays calm” in the background.

Users also expressed their video for the ban or poked fun at President Trump in their videos. One creator typed a letter “to the government or whoever is trying to ban TikTok” wishing that the President will not consider this possibility. Like others on the platform, they speculated with the idea that Trump is considering this ban because he’s “mad” TikTok users trolled the president’s campaign by reserving tickets to his rally without intending to go on that very day.

There is also a video that says “Me trying to convince Trump to let us keep TikTok,” wherein the creator builds a brick wall and rubs her face in orange Cheetos, an obvious reference to Trump’s border wall and self-tanner with a caption “Please Mr. Cheeto Man” with a praying hands emoji on the posts.

Keegan Ousley, a Tiktok star who runs a TikTok account called @CallMeNotSoCarson with more than 400,000 followers said that threat of a ban is “frightening” and that it makes him worried about his career in social media.

“I have worked most of my life to secure a following in social media, I hope that the US takes into consideration the people who produce content on the app as a means of income before making any rash decisions to ban the app.” Ousley hits up his career from artists for using their music in his TikTok videos. He also gets paid when he advertises and promotes in his TikTok bio account.



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Jade Casas is proactive human rights activist and advocate. He was a campus journalist and an active student leader during his college years. He usually writes about entertainment, news, lifestyle and education.

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