According to a Washington post poll, more than 40 percent of Americans support the decision of the federal government to ban Tik Tok.
What is the Complete Story?
A majority of Americans supported the federal government banning the short-form video hosting app Tik Tok as the company’s links to China comes under congressional scrutiny over data security and user safety concerns.
According to the poll, 41 percent of Americans supported the federal government’s decision to ban Tik Tok while 25 percent of them opposed their decision. However, daily Tik Tok users were less likely to support the app’s ban.
On the other hand, a small majority of people who haven’t used the app in the past few months support banning the application. Around 71 percent of Americans showed their concern over Tik Tok’s parent company based in China.
The poll also found that around 65 percent of Americans think the short video-sharing app is collecting their personal data for the Chinese government.
On the other hand, 56 percent think the app is allowing the Chinese government to control the content Americans used to watch on the application.
What did the Poll Expose?
The poll exposes the mixed relationship between America and Tik Tok. Over the past few years, the app has exploded in popularity in the United States, gaining 150 million active users.
But now the government is talking about a potential federal ban on the app as many politicians pushed for restriction, citing national security concerns and worry about its impact on young users.
However, the Biden Administration has also been criticised by Republicans for not taking the necessary action on the perceived threats. Last week, the Biden administration warned Tik Tok that if they didn’t sell its stakes, they would ban the app.
According to a survey, nearly three-quarters of Americans think Tik Tok allows the spread of false information and impacts the mental health of its young users. On Thursday, the CEO of Tik Tok Shou Chew, amid the intensifying scrutiny.