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A TikTok ban in the U.S. is now even more likely—here's why & what it means

A TikTok ban in the U.S. is now even more likely—here's why & what it means

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Users and creators are worried about TikTok getting banned in the United States. Catch up on the latest updates!

Is the clock app running out of time and support?

President Joe Biden has signed a law banning TikTok in the United States, but you're probably wondering what that actually means for the platform's users and creators.

On Tuesday, April 23, lawmakers finally pushed through the legislation to potentially ban TikTok in the U.S. This comes after years of politicians flirting with the idea and weighing the app's supposed security risk over its social significance.

TikTok content creators are currently scrambling to salvage their communities and income. They are aware of and concerned about the potential legal consequences they could face in the near future. Others have expressed doubt that the ban will go into effect at all.

With that in mind, here are a few facts you should know about this TikTok ban in the United States.

Is it illegal to use TikTok?

No, it is not a crime to use TikTok under the new law. The only penalties the legislation threatens are fines against platforms that host the app, such as the Google or Apple stores. Individual users will not be punished for their use of the app, though they may not have access to it.

So, can I still use TikTok?

For now, yes. TikTok’s Chinese parent, ByteDance, has 270 days to sell the platform to an American company, which puts the deadline at January 19, 2025.

After that scheduled deadline, the site could be forced to block access to users based on their location, much like Pornhub and other adult sites in states that have passed age-verification laws, as previously reported by The Advocate.

What did Biden say about the TikTok ban?

Biden did not address the TikTok ban when he signed it into law on Tuesday night. The ban was included in the foreign aid bill providing assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, which is considered a priority among U.S. lawmakers. The president only discussed the importance of the aid when approving the ban.

How did TikTok respond to the ban?

TikTok released a statement immediately, declaring the ban "unconstitutional" and vowing to "challenge it in court."

"We believe the facts and the law are clearly on our side, and we will ultimately prevail. The fact is, we have invested billions of dollars to keep U.S. data safe and our platform free from outside influence and manipulation," a spokesperson said.

Is a TikTok ban legal?

It remains unclear if a ban on TikTok is unconstitutional, or how a national lawsuit would play out. A similar law in Montana was blocked after a lawsuit from the company, with a federal court determining the state's ban is likely a "fundamental constitutional violation."

How do TikTokers feel about the ban?

LGBTQ+ TikTok creators previously told The Advocate that the ban will have a "disproportionate effect on the queer community" and eliminate "networks of support and activism." Nonbinary content creator and best-selling author Jeffrey Marsh said that "a vibrant, kind and supportive queer community [will] disappear overnight."

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