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Sun readers “supermajority” agree: Ban Tik-Tok

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In recent polling, over 62% believe the Chinese-owned social media platform should be banned

By Andrew Harris

Last year, President Biden signed legislation that effectively banned federal employees from using the social media “app” otherwise known as Tik-Tok. Many states and other nations like Australia have similar policies which prohibit using the Chinese-owed software.

The bans have been put in place over fears that Tik-Tok is merely an intelligence collection device of the Chinese Communist Party. With over 150 million US users, the amount of personal, financial, and consumer data collected by Tik-Tok is hard to conceptualize. Other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat also collect data on users but they are not a wing of the Chinese government. In a communist nation, private industry does not exist.

As Congress considers banning Tik-Tok for all Americans as a matter of national security a fierce debate has emerged. Readers of the Wellsville and Hornell Sun tend to agree with banning the platform which is supplying intelligence services within China valuable information. The other side of the national debate is a matter of precedent: Should the US government be in the business of banishing software platforms, who by nature are already international operations?

Of the later group, about 38% do not support a ban but most believe that some regulation is needed to ensure that Tik-Tok isn’t a threat to the nation.

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