Less Than 40% of Americans Want to Ban TikTok, New Survey Finds

Sean Burch
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Only 36% of Americans want to see TikTok banned from the U.S., according to new survey results released on Thursday. The results come as President Trump said he would ban the popular video app, which is owned by Beijing-based Bytedance, next month if it’s unable to be sold to an American company. More than 30,400 people were polled as part of the survey from Piplsay, a market research firm. Most notably, the polling found a stark divide between what Millennials and Gen Z’ers felt about the potential ban, with 61% of Millennials polled saying they support banning TikTok, compared to 39% of Gen Z’ers. The polling results also standout after considering nearly three-quarters of Americans polled by Pew last month had a negative view of China, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read: TikTok Alternatives in U.S. Grow 361% After Talk of Government Ban Despite TikTok’s popularity, critics have grown increasingly concerned the app doubles as a data collection tool for China’s communist government. TikTok has denied ever sharing user data with Chinese authorities. But Stratechery’s Ben Thompson recently pointed out TikTok’s privacy policy explicitly says it “may share” user information “with a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliate of...

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