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Almost 60% of Americans want TikTok banned from app stores: poll

Support for removing TikTok from U.S. app stores varies sharply by political affiliation

July 21, 2022 4:56pm

Updated: July 22, 2022 12:29pm

Following reports of Chinese officials accessing U.S. user data, nearly 60% of Americans want social media app TikTok removed remove app stores, according to a recent survey.

The app allows users to post, view, and share short videos across subjects and has gained widespread popularity both in the United States and worldwide, with over 1 billion active users. The Chinese-owned app has also attracted considerable criticism over security issues and its ties to the communist regime in Beijing. ByteDance, which owns the app, maintains its headquarters in Beijing, though TikTok itself is banned in China.

A Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group poll saw 58.6% of respondents back “efforts to remove TikTok from app stores now that the company has revealed Americans’ user data can be accessed by TikTok employees in China.” On the other side, 17.8% opposed a ban and 23.6% were unsure.

In mid-July, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr warned that the app was handing over user data to Chinese officials, saying ""there’s an awful lot of data that’s being pulled from your device, and apparently sent back to China. Underneath that, it’s pulling biometrics, including face prints and voice prints; keystroke patterns and rhythms; search and browsing history; location information."

President Donald Trump attempted to ban the app, but consistently faced legal challenges to the move, and the effort ultimately failed.

Support for removing TikTok from U.S. app stores varies sharply by political affiliation, which Republicans the most in favor at 76.8% support. Independents backed the move with 56.9% while 39.2% of Democrats approved of a ban.