Navigating A Potential TikTok Ban in the United States

The controversial video clip software TikTok, owned by China, has made a name for itself as a very successful social media outlet for creators of sexual content with varying degrees of popularity. Sexually explicit content may not always be allowed under TikTok’s acceptable use guidelines, but adult industry stars have been able to amass extremely lucrative audiences and followings that consist of hundreds of thousands—or even millions—of people. With a vast and diverse user base, the social media platform TikTok’s algorithm can help content creators reach a wider audience. Certain adult creators have a platform on TikTok where they may interact with fans in non-sexual ways and show off their personality.

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What Makes TikTok So Controversial?

That being said, this might be challenging given the recent political shifts in the US. The first person to attack TikTok for purported links to the People’s Republic of China and its ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was former US President Donald Trump. The disagreement has continued with Democratic President Joe Biden. 

TikTok’s parent firm, ByteDance, has faced criticism for a number of reasons. ByteDance has garnered global interest because of claims of eavesdropping and potential privacy violations from countries all over the world, especially Western democracies.

Furthermore, it is unclear if ByteDance is disclosing the personal user information of the tens of millions of users in the US market given that the company is governed by Chinese authorities. It is hard to dispute, even if the Chinese government maintains that this is untrue. In March 2023, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States stated that they had started looking into allegations that ByteDance had been spying on journalists. In response to this allegation, TikTok’s general counsel stated that employees of ByteDance supposedly had access to the user data of journalists employed by the Financial Times and BuzzFeed News. In response, ByteDance officials announced the launch of an internal inquiry.

Status Uncertain 

Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican, and conservative House member Rep. Ken Buck of rural Colorado put up a measure to criminalize TikTok in the United States. Republicans in the Senate became enraged at Sen. Rand Paul’s criticism for putting an end to discussion of the plan by raising potential First Amendment breaches. Paul, a libertarian leaning toward conservatism and known for his heterodox support of free speech and views on restorative criminal justice reform, claims that the proposal from Buck and Hawley has far more disadvantages than benefits due to the massive amount of backlash that outlawing a major social media platform in the United States is likely to have. 

It is interesting to note that Senators Paul, Hawley, and Representative Buck have aligned with one other on a number of right-wing projects, such as the controversial cuts to public spending implemented by the Trump administration.

Does a Ban Make Sense? 

Remarkably, Paul didn’t change his mind about the First Amendment. This effectively puts an end to this particular attempt to make TikTok illegal, granting the White House and a few other members of Congress the power to carry on the campaign to make the social media app illegal. TikTok’s millions of dollars in expenses and lobbying efforts are largely to blame for the company’s situation. Notably, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew, who was born in Singapore, stated in congressional testimony that the company’s American operations are making an effort to separate from ByteDance, including Beijing.

Whatever the political bent, restricting or banning TikTok plunges its millions of users—including the prostitutes who post ads on the app—into a worldwide power struggle between Beijing and Washington, D.C. The adult entertainment industry may suffer significant financial losses and a significant shift in the demographics of its viewers as a result of TikTok’s prohibition.

Editor of the B2B adult business news website YNOT Cam, Alyssa Collins, claims that a ban on TikTok is an example of how “Americans pride themselves on freedom of expression and “censorship” is a dirty term…We can safely assume that TikTok will remain a social media platform for content providers since it’s too dangerous to incur the wrath of irate voters.

TikTok’s significance and the First Amendment

This emotion is strong. This is reflected in a coalition statement that has been signed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Free Press Action, and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, among other groups. Jameel Jaffer, the executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, recently penned an editorial in the New York Times criticizing the efforts to make the social networking program illegal. Jaffer said the U.S. government will soon be able to demonstrate the necessity of a TikTok ban, even if it hasn’t done so yet. But the First Amendment would give the government a heavy burden of evidence. It’s noteworthy to note that Sen. Paul said that “we don’t ban things that are unpopular in the United States” and that he thinks banning TikTok would be a very dangerous precedent to follow.

We go into great length about this because it’s critical that adult entrepreneurs comprehend the background of what would be the first of its kind in American history. According to Insider Intelligence, a social networking site with 150 million members in the United States and 834.3 million monthly users globally would be banned in 2023. It has become one of the most popular social media platforms worldwide due to its quick ascent to fame on a global scale. The number of users worldwide could soon eclipse one billion. Therefore, if TikTok were to be prohibited, the effects would extend beyond adult content creators who utilize the app to market their creations by posting extremely alluring but non-sexual content.

Do you think TikTok will be outlawed in the United States? If so, think about what you should do.

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