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Overview

United States TikTok Ban refers to the possible ban of the Chinese app TikTok in the United States over security concerns. In Early July, State Secretary Mike Pompeo suggested that the Trump administration is "looking at" banning the app which caused a stir on Twitter, TikTok and Reddit with many posting memes regarding their negative or positive feelings about the news.

Background

On July 6th, 2020, following a television news interview with State Secretary Mike Pompeo, Twitter user @Breaking911[1] tweeted, "BREAKING: Trump Administration Considers Banning TikTok, Other Chinese Social Media Apps – Pompeo" which received over 80,400 likes and 23,100 retweets in four days.


AREAKING Breaking911 OTI @Breaking911 BREAKING: Trump Administration Considers Banning TikTok, Other Chinese Social Media Apps - Pompeo 11:35 PM · Jul 6, 2020 · Twitter Web App

On July 7th, FoxNews uploaded a YouTube video referencing Pompeo's interview titled, "TikTok says user data isn't sent to China despite concerns from Pompeo" (shown below). The video garnered over 38,700 views and 1,200 likes in three days.



Spread

On July 7th, 2020, following the news of the possible ban Twitter user @thsedays[2] tweeted, "no because if tik tok actually gets banned wtf am i gonna do with all my free time" (shown below, left). The tweet accumulated over 15,800 likes and 2,600 retweets in three days. That same day, many Redditors commented on the news with memes celebrating the possible ban. Redditor JustSomeGuy_Idk posted a meme to r/dankmemes[3] suggesting it's the best news 2020 has had (shown below, right). The post acquired over 5,600 points (95% upvoted) in three days.


el @thaliagrqce no because if tik tok actually gets banned w-- am i gonna do with all my free time 5:13 PM - Jul 7, 2020 - Twitter for iPhone TikTok: *is banned in India and the US, UK, and Australia as well as other countries are planning to ban it* 2020: Well maybe I don't want to be the bad guy anymore.

On July 8th, 2020, Mike Pompeo clarified his remarks by saying that the United States government is working on taking action to protect information (shown below). The video uploaded to YouTube by CNBC garnered over 51,800 views in two days.



#SaveTikTok

On July 8th, 2020, TikTokers started the hashtag #SaveTikTok and created videos about attempting to convince the government to not ban the app or uploading videos that take a look back at the history of TikTok. That day, TikToker kenuhchez uploaded a video in which he reviewed all the characters he made on the app and used the hashtag #savetiktok (shown below, left). The video garnered over 138,600 likes in two days. That day benhouselog uploaded a video about banning together to save TikTok and received over 492,200 likes in two days. The next day, TikToker pixtheartist used the hashtag to make a video about the history of TikTok and accumulated over 115,200 likes in a day (shown below, right). StayHipp[4] published an article on the #SaveTikTok trend.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6846884591861566726
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6847214198754200838

Amazon Employee TikTok Ban

On July 10th, 2020, Twitter user and journalist @TaylorLorenz[5] posted a screenshot of an email captioned, "Here's the email Amazon sent to employees this morning banning TikTok from employee phones. 'If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access to Amazon email.'" (shown below).


IN IT Support Notifications 10:17 AM Action required: Mandatory removal of TikTok by 10-Jul Hello, Due to security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email. If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access to Amazon email. At this time, using TikTok from your Amazon laptop browser is allowed. To learn more, review the policy for mobile device usage at Amazon. If you have any issues or questions, start a chat with IT Support. Was this email helpful? Yes I No Thank you, IT Services

Trump's Statement

On July 31st, 2020, Twitter user and reporter @JoshNBCNews[6] tweeted, "BREAKING: Trump tells reporters aboard Air Force One he is banning TikTok" which received over 28,200 likes and 10,000 retweets in three days (shown below).


Josh Lederman @JoshNBCNews BREAKING: Trump tells reporters aboard Air Force One he is banning TikTok 10:20 PM · Jul 31, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone

On August 1st, the footage of Trump's statement was released (shown below). While addressing reporters he states, "We are looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok. We may be doing other things."



Sarah Cooper

On July 31st, 2020, after the spread of Trump's statement, many Twitter users jokingly blamed comedian Sarah Cooper for putting TikTok in danger with her Trump lipsync videos. On July 31st, @sarahcpr uploaded a video lipsyncing Trump's statement on banning TikTok (shown below). The video garnered over 5.3 million views and 246,700 likes in three days.



That day, Twitter user @NotHoodlum[7] tweeted, "JUST IN: Trump wants to ban Tic Toc because of Sarah Cooper’s videos" (shown below, left). The tweet received over 11,500 likes in three days. The net day, Twitter user @StuartEmmrich[8] shared a Vogue article and said, "Donald Trump says he wants to ban TikTok because of national security concerns. But is the real reason that he wants to silence ⁦sarahcpr⁩, who has become an Internet sensation with her mocking videos of his speeches?" (shown below, right). The tweet accumulated over 7,200 likes and 2,200 retweets in two days. The Daily Dot[9] published an article on the speculations.


Hoodlum @NotHoodlum JUST IN: Trump wants to ban Tic Toc because of Sarah Cooper's videos. 2:50 PM · Jul 31, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone stuart emmrich @StuartEmmrich Donald Trump says he wants to ban TikTok because of national security concerns. But is the real reason that he wants to silence @sarahcpr, who has become an Internet sensation with her mocking videos of his speeches? From @voguemagazine Is Sarah Cooper the Real Reason Donald Trump Wants to Ban TikTok? The president said he wanted to ban the Chinese-owned video app TikTok because of national security concerns, but social media quickly theorized ... S vogue.com 10:03 AM · Aug 1, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone

Microsoft

On August 1st, 2020, TikTok's U.S. General Manager Vaness Pappas posted a TikTok video saying that the app was not going anywhere and that she appreciates the support (shown below). The video gained over 5.7 million likes in two days.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6856014780440874245

That day, news of possible of a possible TikTok purchase by Microsoft trended on Twitter.[10] The next day, Microsoft[12] published a blog post titled "Microsoft to continue discussions on potential TikTok purchase in the United States" (shown below). The next day, Reuters[11] announced in an article that Trump will give the company 45 days to seal the deal on the purchase.

Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States. Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury. Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than September 15, 2020. During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President.

August 6th Executive Orders

On August 6th, the United States President Donald Trump signed two executive orders "addressing the threat posed by WeChat and TikTok."[13][14] The two orders forbid "any transactions" between the United States citizens and ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, and WeChat, with both orders coming into effect in 45 days (on September 20th, 2020).


EXECUTIVE ORDERS Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok INFRASTRUCTURE & TECHNOLOGY Issued on: August 6, 2020 ... ALL NEWS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution ... and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that additional steps must be taken to deal with the national emergency with respect to the information and communications technology and services supply chain declared in Executive Order 13873 of May 15, 2019 (Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain). Specifically, the spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China (China) continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by one mobile application in particular, TikTok. 曲曲 EXECUTIVE ORDERS Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat INFRASTRUCTURE & TECHNOLOGY Issued on: August 6, 2020 ALL NEWS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that additional steps must be taken to deal with the national emergency with respect to the information and communications technology and services supply chain declared in Executive Order 13873 of May 15, 2019 (Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain). As l explained in an Executive Order of August 6, 2020 (Addressing the Threat Posed by Tiktok, and Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency With Respect to the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain), the spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China (China) continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. To protect our Nation, I took action to address the threat posed by one mobile application, TikTok. Further action is needed to address a similar threat posed by another mobile application, WeChat.

2022 Marco Rubio Ban Bill

On December 14th, 2022, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and a bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives proposed a bill to ban social media companies with strong ties to China and Russia.[15] This category would include TikTok. Rubio justified the bill by arguing that TikTok was an instrument of the Chinese government, which could access all data collected on US citizens and potentially use it to manipulate American society.[16]


Marco Rubio @marcorubio . 4h The Communist government of #China can access the private data of any American using @tiktok_us any time they want Tik Tok should be banned 2. Q 2 € A 74 N 2 £ 3 # W E S X H D 4 C K5 142 % 5 A J TikTok 8 607 ( 9 K reuters.com U.S. lawmakers unveil bipartisan bid to ban China's TikTok Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Tuesday announced bipartisan legislation to ban China's popular social media app TikTok, ratcheting ... V 0

Many doubted whether the bill would become a law, given President Joe Biden's decision to reverse the Trump August 6th executive orders. Nevertheless, discussions around the platform, its management of data, and its role were top headlines.

2023 Government Device Ban / Bill H.R. 1153

On December 30th, 2022, it was reported that Biden signed a bill into law prohibiting TikTok on federal government devices.[17] On February 27th, 2023, it was reported that the White House gave government agencies 30 days to remove the app from their devices.[18] It was also reported that Bill H.R. 1153 would go before the House that Tuesday, February 28th, which would allow Biden to ban the app across the U.S.[19]

TikTok CEO Testifies Before Congress

In March 2023, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before Congress. On March 21st, 2023, he uploaded a video to the official TikTok[20] account asking TikTokers about what he should say to Congress in regard to why they enjoy using the app. The video gathered over 9 million plays and 900,000 likes in two days (seen below).

@tiktok

Our CEO, Shou Chew, shares a special message on behalf of the entire TikTok team to thank our community of 150 million Americans ahead of his congressional hearing later this week.

♬ original sound – TikTok

On March 23rd, 2023, Twitter[21] user @penbbles posted a clip from the hearing where Representative Bilirakis shows a viral TikTok video where someone says, "Player tip, you gotta kill yourself," as well as various other TikTok videos that discuss suicide. The tweet gathered over 200 likes in less than a day (seen below).

Also on March 23rd, Twitter[22] account @RNCResearch posted a clip of Congressman Carter asking the CEO of TikTok if he "knows how many people have died" because of the app. The post gathered over 100 likes in less than a day (seen below).

2024 "TikTok Bill

2024 'TikTok' Bill refers to the "Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act," which is a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives in March of 2024 that would require TikTok to divest itself completely from parent company ByteDance or face a ban on app stores in the United States. The bill caused concern among social media users, as Joe Biden has voiced his intent to sign such a bill should it make it to his desk. Furthermore, on March 13th, 2024, the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass the bill. As of March 13th, the bill would need to pass the United States Senate before Biden can sign it into law.

Various Examples


WE SHOULD ALLCONCENTRATE TO MAKE THE US GOVERNMENT BAN TIKTOK EVEN THO THERES A PANDEMIC AND PROTEST WE NEED TO CONVINCE THEM TO BAN IT SO TIKTOK WILL HAVE A MASSIVE DOWNFALL Imgflip.com Posted in r/TikToksucks by u/RandomAsianGuy 128 O reddit FBI FBI Agent TikTok V Spies on you V Spies on you V Sends your data to foreign nations X Sends your data to foreign nations X Cares about you / Cares about you X Alerts you regularly V Alerts you regularly X Misses you when on V Misses you when on summer break summer break u/Poha-Jalebi Redditors when they hear TikTok might get banned in the US: I really couldn't be happier


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6847303436518608133
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6847218943929732357
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6847557034141895941

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