Majority Of Voters Favor A Federal Ban On TikTok

A recent poll reveals that 54% of U.S. voters support a nationwide ban on the widely-used social media app TikTok. This development occurs amid numerous states imposing restrictions on the video platform for government devices.

The survey, polling 1000 voters and carrying a margin of 3.1%, was conducted on December 18 and 19.

Approximately 32% of voters express opposition, either “somewhat” or “strongly,” to a widespread ban on TikTok. Another 13% indicate uncertainty about their stance on a ban. However, the survey from pollster Scott Rasmussen’s firm RMG Research highlights the numbers vary significantly among differing age groups. Teens and young adults show far less interest in banning the app.

When examined by age, the breakdown reveals that 69% of individuals over 65, 60% of those aged 55 to 64 and 57% of those aged 45 to 54 support the app’s ban. In contrast, 43% of adults under 34 and 38% of those aged 35 to 44 favor a ban.

TikTok was the only app that most voters viewed as a threat to the U.S. Poll results showed 51% of voters viewed TikTok as a “very” or “somewhat serious” threat.

Currently, TikTok faces restrictions on government devices and networks in 34 states, and there is increasing momentum to advocate for a ban on personal devices.

Earlier this year, the Biden administration urged ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, to either sell the app or potentially face a ban in the United States due to apprehensions regarding data privacy and national security.

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew assured Congress that TikTok, along with its Beijing-based parent company, is not an agent of China.

A Federal Communications Commission official, Brendan Carr, had previously asserted that the app seems to be transmitting user biometrics to China, which tightly regulates the app’s algorithms.

Additionally, a recent survey by Generation Lab found that “young adults who used TikTok were more likely to hold antisemitic beliefs.” There is increased concern that the spread of extremist content on the platform has increased since Hamas’ invasion of Israel on Oct. 7.

Critics claim that TikTok is leveraging its influence to promote content that supports the Palestinian cause and goes against U.S. foreign policy interests. TikTok has dismissed the claims of bias as unfounded.