An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Reject the President's Order to Ban TikTok

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I am writing to you with great concern over President Trump's proposal to ban the entertainment app "TikTok" in the United States. I am a creator on the application and have built a community of love and respect, especially during pandemic where creative outlets are not only wanted, but needed. First, banning this app is a clear violation of our first amendment rights. Social media is classified as speech, and as TikTok is a social media application, this is unconstitutional. Second, the "national security" concerns are all theoretical and not based in fact. Facebook has significantly more data privacy issues than TikTok. I feel Trump's claims are complete lies and is only targeting the app to satisfy his own ego. Speaking of Facebook, this ban would in turn set a precedent for all social media in a negative way. Are we really going to hand over control of ALL social media, a huge form of communication and outreach, to the hands of the President? Finally, myself and many others make a living off of the application. This ban will put many out of work in a time of extreme uncertainty. I wish at this moment I can say "if", but when the President signs this order, I please urge you to block it, and allow us to continue to create. TikTok is taking all the steps to show how secure and safe it is, but clearly, the President doesn't care. Please help save an app that has gotten many during this pandemic through depression, anxiety, and have an outlet to create and have fun where we couldn't. Thank you.

First sent on August 1, 2020 by Christopher

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