According to The Guardian, the United States House Committee is considering a ban on the popular app TikTok. This has been met with disapproval from users, as they take to the app to express their opposition to this decision.
After the hearing with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew for five hours, concerted efforts have been put in place to tackle the issue of national security surrounding the app. The lawmakers have taken aggressive action to address their concerns about this popular social networking site.
The rise of grassroots social media campaigns highlights the contrast between the growing popularity of TikTok and the pressure from lawmakers to ban it. At present, it has more than 150 million users in America alone. Authorities are still determined to implement restrictions on the platform, despite protests against it.
There is an increasing demand in the U.S. to prohibit the use of TikTok, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, or to get bipartisan legislation authorizing President Joe Biden’s government to pursue its banning. Recently, the US government has prohibited devices they own from running the app due to security concerns.