Mar 29 • 33M

TikTok Might Actually Get Banned

Recent congressional hearings make a TikTok ban more likely.

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Charlotte Henry
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It has been a tumultuous time for TikTok. The UK government joined the ranks of those banning the short-form video app on (most) official devices, with the BBC also urging staff to delete it. Then CEO Shou Zi Chew appeared in front of Congress. Wall Street was not that impressed by his performance, but creators were, as he calmly handled increasingly daft questions from US lawmakers. It’s fair to say that creators are starting to get worried about a general ban and are making their voices heard on the platform and elsewhere.

But why are these bans being discussed at all? And what happens next? There is only one person to ask. Chris Stokel-Walker literally wrote the book on TikTok. We unpick Shou Zi Chew’s congressional appearance, talk about the sudden move to take action and whether or not a general ban is likely.


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