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TikTok’s Message

When you open TikTok, you may see a pop-up warning that Congress is considering a ban on the app. The message urges users to call their representatives and oppose the ban, claiming it would harm businesses, creators, and users’ free speech rights.

The Proposed Ban

The pop-up doesn’t specify the legislation it refers to, but it’s likely the bill introduced in the House of Representatives that would ban Chinese apps, including TikTok, from U.S. app stores.

Lawmakers’ Concerns

Lawmakers have expressed concerns about TikTok’s ties to the Chinese government and its potential to collect user data. Rep. Mike Gallagher said TikTok should “break up” with the Chinese Communist Party or face losing access to U.S. users.

ACLU’s Warning

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has warned that the proposed ban could violate the First Amendment by suppressing free speech.

TikTok’s Response

TikTok has not released a statement regarding the proposed ban or the ACLU’s concerns. However, the app’s pop-up message encourages users to contact their representatives and oppose the ban.