Is TikTok going to get banned?

Six years ago most of us were not even in college yet. A special app came to the app store on everyone’s phones, and to this day it has taken over the world. Fast forward to the present day, there is a chance this app could be banned. 

According to the Busines of Apps article, “TikTok Revenue and Usage Statistics (2024)” written by Mansoor Iqbal, TikTok has been the most downloaded app since 2018 and billions of people use it to this day. 

“No I do not think it will get banned and taken off the app store,” junior Michael Francus said. “I do believe that it will be bought by Americans and renamed so we do not have any more problems.”

Even though the process is still ongoing, I do not think it will get banned, and I think the process will fall through. 

“I use TikTok for about 30 minutes when I wake up or before I go to bed,” junior Adam Helbling said. “If it was removed I would not be too upset, I would just use a different app to dive into.”

The big reason there has been discourse on getting the app banned is because it’s not an American app, and those who are opposing the app, some of who include members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted for it to be banned say that China is spying on us and getting intel from the app. 

“I do not think it will be banned, I think it will be bought by an American businessman or woman,” Helbling said. “They might change the name possibly too.” 

There has been a plethora of rumors about specific states banning it or the United States banning it, but nothing was made final. 

I believe that there is a possibility that, eventually, because of the First Amendment rights and the amount of money people make off this app, a very wealthy person will buy this app. 

“I would get a little upset since I use it for 20-30 minutes a day,” Francus said. “If it was removed though, I would just use Instagram Reels instead.”

We now wait and see if the app will get banned since, as mentioned, the U.S. House of Representatives (HOR) approved legislation on March 13 of this year that could lead to the banning of TikTok for the aforementioned concerns.