The Possible Ban On TikTok Has Sent Gen Z Into A Panic, But Relax, It's Most Likely Not Going Anywhere
Start writing a post

The Possible Ban On TikTok Has Sent Gen Z Into A Panic, But Relax, It's Most Likely Not Going Anywhere

The Trump administration expressed their desire to ban the wildly popular TikTok app in the United States, and it has caused an uproar online.

Person holding Iphone with the TikTok logo on screen.

In the past year, TikTok has taken the world by storm. I like to think that TikTok has partially filled the void after the death of Vine. It has everything - trendy dances, life hacks, comedy, and singing videos. For many, it has become essential to surviving during quarantine. And let's be honest, we all want to become "TikTok famous."

But now, it seems this viral app could be taken away from us all...

President Trump wants to "punish" China by banning TikTok in the U.S.

You're probably wondering, how is TikTok related to China? Well, TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing based company. His comments came after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo mentioned the ban due to national security and privacy concerns.

"It's something we're looking at, yes," Trump said when confronted in an interview with Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren. "It's a big business. Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they've done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful."

In short, Trump is looking to ban the app because he blames China for the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Internet is furious. I mean, sure, maybe a bunch of teenagers clowned the President by intentionally reserving a bunch of seats at one of his rallies so people don't show up but that doesn't mean he needs to ban the their favorite source of entertainment.

TikTok's data-collecting policies have raised concerns.

Protecting personal data is a huge deal. There are valid concerns that TikTok is collecting data from children under the age of thirteen without parental permission. This is a violation of United States Privacy laws, specifically the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. In response to this, TikTok payed a hefty fine for violating said laws, and installed a restricted mode for younger users.

A company spokesperson for TikTok commented, "We have never provided user data for the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked." See? Nothing to worry about.

After all of this talk about banning, TikTok glitched and sent Gen Z into panic mode.

A few days after the announcement of the possible "ban," TikTok users experienced glitches on Wednesday. The likes and views had disappeared on the app, and people noticed their "For You Page" had changed. Many thought this was the beginning of the end.

People took to Twitter in search of answers and made #riptiktok trend worldwide. Luckily, it was only a glitch that was fixed within a few hours.

The question remains: Is it even possible to actually ban the app?

Although the Trump administration has spoken fervently about implementing a ban, the process to do so is unclear. If they were to issue a decree ordering Americans to not use the app, it would likely be unconstitutional. Americans, mostly Gen Z, would become outraged - especially because TikTok has become a way to cope with the current state of the world.

The app itself is a form of software code, and courts have ruled that publishing and using code can be protected by the First Amendment. Trying to ban TikTok would be a challenge, considering that it would be going against free speech.

These obstacles would make it extremely difficult to actually ban the use of TikTok. You can breathe a sigh of relief - I think it's pretty clear TikTok isn't going anywhere anytime soon. There is still time to perfect the Savage remix dance.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Boyfriend Recipe

The ingredients to build a relationship are a little more complicated than just a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy.


Relationships. Long distance or not, significant others are much more than just that. I would be lying if I said I did not love the sweet gestures that only a boyfriend can give. The flowers, funny phone calls, hand holding, breakfast dates, and tight hugs are special but my relationship and many others out there exist on much more than just these little gestures. It is a tricky concoction that consists of one part boyfriend and two parts best friend and would not work without one part or the other. While having a relationship may not be quite as easy as baking a batch of cookies, it has its own recipe (with a few variations for flavor) to follow for a good match.

Keep Reading... Show less
google images

Fashion just keeps growing and changing and old trends are made new! Now, I'm no beauty guru, just a beauty guru wannabe, but personally I have compiled some stylish wardrobe must haves! These can be cute assets to go back to school or just to catch up on some of the latest trends...

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

There's More To A Relationship Than Netflix

Summertime is only 93 days of the year, Find something to do!

Tallie Ammar

Summertime is ideal for more than just hanging out and binging your favorite TV series with your friends. Although summer does bring rain and thunderstorms which is perfect for those binging days, take advantage of those nice and sunny days. There is so many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the season before the snow starts to come back. Here are 25 interesting dates that are doable almost anywhere for any age.

Keep Reading... Show less
Leilani Encarnacion

Philadelphia has its beauty, but some of you may have not been to some of the most beautiful hidden spots in the city. This summer is a chance for new adventures and exploring, so here are a few places that I highly recommend you should visit at least once.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments