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TikTok: A Platform for Activism and Alternative Thinking

Emily Ratajkowski, a model and writer with a large TikTok following, believes the app has become a hub for politics and activism. She argues that TikTok’s lack of control by the U.S. government has allowed progressive ideas to flourish.

Ratajkowski claims that the government’s concerns about TikTok’s influence on the American people suggest it sees the app as a powerful tool for organization and activism.

Data Collection Concerns

While lawmakers cite national security risks due to TikTok’s Chinese parent company, Ratajkowski points out that U.S. companies like Meta and Apple also collect data. She questions whether TikTok’s data collection practices are significantly different.

TikTok’s Impact on Brands and Individuals

A ban on TikTok could have major consequences for businesses and individuals who have built a presence on the platform. For many users, TikTok has become a personal and political space for learning, motivation, and organizing around important issues.

Moral Panic and Pro-Palestine Content

Recent criticism of TikTok for promoting “pro-Palestine” content has sparked moral panic. However, TikTok has stated that the support for Palestine on the app is not new and is not driven by its algorithms.

TikTok’s Problems and the Future

TikTok has its share of issues, including its push into consumer culture and the presence of misinformation. However, it has also opened up conversations that other platforms have struggled to contain.

As young people turn to TikTok for news and information, it’s no surprise that the government is concerned about its influence. Ratajkowski believes that the potential ban on TikTok should be a cause for serious concern.