Is TikTok Nonetheless Getting Banned In The U.S.?
After months of threats of a possible US ban by the federal government, the popular social media platform TikTok now seems safe from legal action.
Six months ago Tick tock was on the verge of being banned in the United States for alleged links with the Chinese government. Since then, the ban on the social media platform has been pushed back, postponed and almost completely forgotten by some. Right now, TikTok and its huge community of developers and fans seem safe from the power of the US government.
TikTok was first targeted by the Trump administration in 2020 when then-President Donald Trump nearly banned the platform in the US after it was classified as a national security threat. The federal government has set a deadline for the US side of the platform to be sold by TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance. However, this deadline has passed without any government impact. TikTok has since encountered other legal issues, such as an FTC order for companies like TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter to explain their data collection guidelines. However, the platform has not been exposed to legitimate threats from a ban in months.
This could have something to do with the transition from the Trump administration to current President Joe Biden and the new administration. According to a report by NPR, the Biden administration eased federal pressure on TikTok in February 2021, with the Justice Department indicating in court files that the case against the platform could be dropped entirely. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on a study by cybersecurity researchers that TikTok is not currently a national security threat to the US. With that said, it seems that TikTok may not have to worry about the future of the platform – at least not for the foreseeable future.
With or without a federal blessing, TikTok can no longer be stopped
It must be argued that even if the federal government continues to be hostile to TikTok, it may not matter. The platform seems to be embarking on a limitless path, even as rivals in social media strive to catch up. Twitter, Instagram, Dubsmash, and now YouTube Shorts have hit the TikTok short video-based community with their own shoot. However, so far, no competitor has been able to capture the kind of engagement TikTok continues to enjoy.
It is estimated that TikTok supports more than 21 million daily active users on iOS, as well as 12 million daily Android users. Official figures have not yet been released by TikTok’s parent company, but the estimates alone indicate the platform’s overwhelming popularity. In other words, it’s likely that TikTok wasn’t going anywhere at all. It only took a few additional months for the US government to realize this.
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Source: NPR, WSJ
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