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Should the US banTikTok?You decide!1.1DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:1. Would banning TikTok violate the company's freedom of speech?What about their users' freedom of speech?2. Both sides have major premises about whether or not TikTokposes a security threat. Are TikTok's data collection policies anymore worrisome than US-based companies (like Facebook andGoogle)?3. The "PRO" side worries about TikTok censoring content. But shouldthe US government be able to censor content such as TikTok?NO: The US should NOT ban TikTok1.3TikTok may not pose asecurity threat2.1TikTok has said that itstores data in the USand Singapore, andthat if asked by theChinese governmentto hand over data,that it wouldn'tcomply3.1In March, TikTokannounced that itwould open“transparencycenters” whereindependent auditorscould examine itscontent moderationpractices3.2TikTok does notappear to collectmore data thanAmerican apps likeFacebook andGoogle, which are notconsidered securitythreats3.3TikTok isn't inherentlymore dangerous thanany other Chinese-owned app ortechnology2.2We shouldn't have a blanketban on Chinese-owned appsand technologies2.3Banning all Chinese appswould require us toimplement a massivecensorship regime such asthe Chinese "GreatFirewall" on the internet3.4We shouldn't try toemulate China'spolicy, which isauthoritarian andundemocratic3.5Since TikTok is a foreigncompany, it is easier for theUS government to regulateit under national securitylaw2.4The US governmentcould require TikTokto open-source keyparts of theirsoftware3.6The US governmentcould pressure TikTokto submit to regularaudits of their data-collection practices3.7ByteDance (TikTok'sparent company)could impose strictinternal controls toprevent its Chineseemployees fromaccessing any ofTikTok’s systems, andopen-source thosecontrols so thatoutsiders could verifythe separation3.8BACKGROUND:Chinese-made apps like TikTok and WeChat are rapidly becomingmore popular in the US. Unlike similar apps, the Chinesegovernment has almost complete control over these applicationsand the data they store in China. While TikTok claims that it doesnot give the Chinese government any data on US citizens, risingtensions between the US and China have led US lawmakers toquestion whether that is true and its implications.1.2YES: The US should ban TikTok1.4China has bannedYoutube andWhatsapp, which aresimilar to TikTok andWeChat2.5The US should treatChinese companiesthe same way2.6The US cannot afford to letChina gain any morecompetitive advantages inthe race to become thedominant globalsuperpower3.9TikTok is a national securityconcern2.7TikTok collects enormousamounts of data onAmericans with securityclearances (in both thepublic and private sector)3.10Geolocations andinternet searchhistories of federalemployees can revealquite sensitiveinformation⁠ thatpresents nationalsecurity risks3.11E.g., the locations ofsecret governmentfacilities4.1E.g., personal activities offederal employees thatcould potentially be usedto build files forblackmail against them4.2TikTok could censor information andspread disinformation in the US2.8TikTok alreadycensors certain topicsin China due togovernment control,such as the HongKong protests andthe TiananmenSquare massacre3.12TikTok could globallyenact the samepolicies they use inChina3.13TikTok has alreadyremoved many HongKong protest videosglobally4.3TikTok has alreadyspread harmfulmisinformation aboutthe coronavirus3.14

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