Whether you love TikTok or hate it depends on a lot of things; whether it be age, research you’ve done on the topic or your ability to nail the latest trending dance. We asked our LinkedIn audience, along with our sister brands Hville Blast and Bham Now, if TikTok should be banned for personal use, and it was a close call. Read on to see the results.
What’s with TikTok?
TikTok has been shrouded in controversy since its inception. It has grown to be an incredibly powerful tool for communication, marketing, creativity and more. However, the app’s has raised several eyebrows with privacy/national security concerns.
Congress has recently introduced a bill called the RESTRICT Act, that would empower the secretary of Commerce to ban apps that pose a risk to US national security. TikTok falls under this umbrella, meaning the banning of the app could be closer than ever.
Across three brands, The Bama Buzz, Hville Blast and Bham Now, we asked our audience what they think of banning the popular app. The results are in:
For The Bama Buzz, results were a pretty even split between banning the app and keeping it around. Out of 84 votes, 48% (40 votes) decided “No” on the poll, voting to keep TikTok accessible for personal use. 40% (34 votes) voted “Yes”, proposing that TikTok should be banned for personal use in the US. 12% of voters are still on the fence about the app.
Our audience over in The Magic City had an overwhelming response to this question on Bham Now’s LinkedIn page, with 601 total votes. Out of those that cast their opinion, 36% (219 votes) said that TikTok should “definitely” be banned for personal use in the US.
With just a little more than 25 extra votes, 43% of the audience (256 votes) disagreed, saying TikTok serves a unique purpose. 21% of voters kept things neutral, saying they haven’t made their mind up yet.
In Huntsville, 77 people let us know what they think about the app. On Hville Blast, we see a similar pattern with a majority of the votes selecting “No”, TikTok shouldn’t be banned for personal use. 39% of voters believe that it should be banned.
It’s certainly interesting to see how the results leaned across the state. Overall it’s a close call, but a majority of voters sided towards not banning the app for personal use. We’ll see what happens with upcoming legislations in the state and across the country.