TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese multinational internet technology company headquartered in Beijing – and that fact is creating a lot of controversy.
In a recent poll, a majority of US voters (58%) supported removing TikTok from app stores after it was revealed that US user data is accessible to Chinese TikTok employees.
A minority of voters (17.8%) oppose removing TikTok from app stores, and 23.6% are unsure.
A majority of independents (56.9%) and Republicans (76.8%) support removing TikTok from app stores, but only 39.2% of Democrats want the popular app removed from stores. Among Democrats, 25.1% oppose removing TikTok from app stores and 35.7% are unsure.
The poll on TikTok was conducted by Convention of States Action in partnership with the Trafalgar Group. Polls were conducted July 7-10 with more than 1,000 likely voters in the 2022 election.
TikTok users create short videos, often featuring music in the background, including short lip-sync videos to popular songs. Videos can be sped up, slowed down or edited with a filter. The app has spawned many viral trends, internet celebrities and music trends around the world.
TikTok is available in over 150 countries, has over a billion users, and has been downloaded over 200 million times in the United States alone.
ByteDance has been suspected of working with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to share and censor information. In June 2022, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr described ByteDance as “beholden” to the Chinese government and “required by law to comply with [Chinese government] monitoring requirements. »
Carr called on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their respective app stores.
The senses. Americans Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also called for an FCC investigation into TikTok and ByteDance.
“TikTok not only poses a serious threat to the national security of the United States, but research also reveals that it is highly addictive and dangerous for young people,” said Mark Meckler, former CEO of Parler and President of Convention of States. Stock. “Additionally, TikTok is run by ByteDance, a company with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party.”
“A majority of voters agree that TikTok’s digital war on the United States must be stopped and expect Washington, DC – which has the ability to do something about it right now – to act. now to protect our nation, rather than bow to Chinese influence. .”
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