A new poll from the Washington Post reveals that there are more Americans in favor of banning TikTok than there are against it.
The poll found that 41 percent of Americans support a federal ban of TikTok, while 25 percent oppose it. Not surprisingly, most of the concern about the app comes from its parent company’s affiliation with the Chinese Communist Party. The poll shows that 71 percent are concerned about ByteDance’s motives for operating in the United States, including 36 percent who are “very concerned.”
Similarly, 65 percent think it’s likely that TikTok is collecting personal data on Americans for the Chinese government, and 56 percent think it’s likely that simply using the app allows the Chinese government to control the content viewed by users in the U.S.
The poll is the latest news in the video-sharing app’s downward spiral.
Last week, Forbes reported that the Department of Justice asked a Virginia federal court to issue a subpoena for information detailing how ByteDance used TikTok to exploit journalists’ and other consumers’ private information. And Earlier this month, a whistleblower reported personally witnessing “‘China-based engineers flipping over to non-China datasets and creating scheduled tasks to backup, aggregate, and analyze data,’” according to a letter Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Bytedance bizarrely blamed the incident on a few rogue employees.
As Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr put it in an exclusive interview with MRC Free Speech America, “the tide is moving out on TikTok whether it’s in Europe or the U.S. and there’s really no amount of prevaricating and gaslighting that they can do at this point I think to avert that.”
In the last couple of months, the White House, the European Commission and Canada have each banned the app from government devices and the United Kingdom appears to be considering taking similar action. But Carr said that although that is a good start it doesn’t fo far enough and he called for the U.S. government to take immediate action.
“[W]e can’t simply acknowledge the problem and not take the appropriate action,” he said. “That’s why it’s important for the federal government, for the Treasury Department to take step two, which is to move forward with either a nationwide ban of TikTok or some type of solution that involves a complete decoupling of TikTok from a corporate structure from any entity that is beholden to the CCP.”
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