Wisconsin locals react to possible TikTok ban in U.S.

by Anna Munhin Mar 24, 2023 News
Wisconsin locals react to possible TikTok ban in U.S.

TikTok is one of the most popular and controversial social media apps and people in Wisconsin are torn about its purpose.

The CEO of TikTok testified for about five hours in front of Congress.

The app is owned by a Chinese company.

The director of the Center for Data, Ethics and Society thinks it will be hard to ban something like this.

The U.S. government is concerned about data privacy, misinformation, and content manipulation. According to experts who spoke with CBS 58, the latter option is more probable.

TikTok doesn't have access to anything if an app is banned.

TikTok doesn't know as much about its users as other social media apps, according to experts.

The Director of Digital Arts and Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee said that all kinds of social media apps should be discussed.

There are about 150 million TikTok users in the U.S., who scroll through short-form videos that can be educational, personable or amusing.

The app can be used to promote and market local businesses.

Some locals in and out of the Milwaukee area gave CBS 58 mixed reviews. Some said they don't use the app at all, others deleted it after a while due to mental health concerns, and others admitted to scrolling for hours every day.

"T-peck," as he's known, is a travel/ adventure creator and landscape photographer. He told CBS 58 that he's been creating content for a decade.

He said he tried everything, including posting water balloons exploding and newspapers being delivered from a moving boat.

The app opened up a whole new world for him and now he has over one million followers.

After growing my account to a million followers, TikTok took it down for violating community guidelines. The mail delivery service was not thought of as a real job.

He was able to get his account back within a few weeks. The threat of TikTok being banned or limited in the U.S. has been a rumor for over a year, and he has had time to think of a plan B.

He said that five years ago, it was like long-form video on YouTube was the top dog, and that he wouldn't put all of his eggs into one basket. I wake up and post all over the place.

Contributions to this story also made by: Gabriella Bachara