Half of American adults support ban on TikTok, survey finds

The poll indicated that 47% of respondents supported the idea of prohibiting TikTok’s use in the United States, while 36% opposed the ban and 17% remained undecided.

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Around 50% of American adults favor prohibiting the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok, as per a recent survey by Reuters/Ipsos. The survey, which included questions about national security concerns and China, showed that 47% of respondents supported banning TikTok in the United States, while 36% opposed the ban and 17% were unsure.

The survey also indicated that Republicans, at 58%, were more supportive of the ban than Democrats, at 47%. This significantly reflects broader concerns among Americans about China’s global influence as US-China relations have deteriorated. The online poll gathered responses from 1,005 adults nationwide, with a margin of error of about four percentage points.

FBI Director Christopher Wray and other US intelligence officials have raised concerns about TikTok’s potential to be used by the Chinese government for controlling devices and spreading divisive narratives. TikTok, however, claims that millions of Americans, including businesses, use the platform positively. The effort to grant the Biden administration authority to ban TikTok has faced challenges in Congress, but it might still become an issue in the 2024 presidential campaign.

Former President Donald Trump previously attempted to ban TikTok in 2020, but legal actions prevented the ban from being enforced. Florida governor and potential presidential candidate Ron DeSantis has expressed support for some national ban on TikTok.

Why does it matter?

The high public support for a ban highlights widespread apprehensions about TikTok’s alleged potential risks. One should note that the polarization between political parties on this issue mirrors broader divisions in US politics. As for the implications, TikTok’s immense popularity, especially among younger generations, means that a ban could have considerable cultural and economic consequences, impacting both individual rights and businesses that utilize the platform for marketing.