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NEWS: TikTok Stops Ticking

A proposed TikTok ban passed the house and is waiting for the senate
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Keat Hockenbury
Student scrolls on banned TikTok.

Many students have used or been affected by Tiktok as the trends and audios have become a part of many students’ lives. But there is a proposed ban on the app that has, according to cnn.com, passed the House and is waiting on Senate action. 

Suspicion surrounding the Chinese company that owns Tiktok, ByteDance, is the reason for the proposed bill. Though there is no specific evidence, some people believe that the company ByteDance is giving Americans information to the Chinese government. 

The bill to potentially ban TikTok, wants an American company to buy TikTok along with the data. If the Chinese company refuses to sell, then TikTok could ultimately be banned from app stores in the U.S.

“Major corporations like Google would jump out, and that would make many in Congress feel more comfortable having Google have access to the private data that they currently don’t have access to versus the Chinese government,” Jeff Haas said. 

If the government goes through with the banning of TikTok, it could be quite an adjustment for many students. Students such as sophomore Jacob Rudnick, who uses TikTok on a consistent basis will have the biggest adjustment. 

“I use TikTok all the time, so it will probably be a bit harder to access social media. I know people who use TikTok, [and] it would upset them as well,” Rudnick said. 

With millions of people coming off of TikTok, there would be increased opportunities for another social media platform to pop up with very similar characteristics to TikTok. There could also be a large company like Google that would just take the place of TikTok. 

“Some big companies are just going to jump on the opportunity, create some tip-tap app, and it’s going to be the same exact thing,” freshman Marygrace Bradford said. 

Whether TikTok is sold, banned or left alone, it could take up to six months for anything significant to happen. Even if the ban passes the senate tomorrow, according to cbs.com, it will give ByteDance six months to potentially sell and then a ban will be placed.

About the Contributors
Claire Heinritz
Claire Heinritz, Reporter
Claire Heinritz is a sophomore at Free State High School and a reporter for journalism. At Free State, she is involved in girls golf and track. Outside of school, she likes to travel and hangout with family and friends.
Keat Hockenbury
Keat Hockenbury, Photographer
Keat Hockenbury is a senior at Free State and is a photographer on staff. He is a member of the XC, track, and swim team and is also a part of choir and band. Outside of school he enjoys cooking and late night drives with friends.
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