What Happens to Full-Time Creators If TikTok Gets Banned?

TikTok can’t seem to catch a break. For years the app has operated under the distant threat of a nationwide ban or forced sale. Now mounting security and privacy concerns are prompting lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to debate its future. 

Last week the short-form video platform with 150 million active users in the US made headlines amid a highly publicized congressional hearing that brought TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew face-to-face with some of his toughest critics. Five palpably tense hours of questioning illuminated very little about what, if anything, Chew can do to quell lawmakers’ fears. Earlier this month the Biden administration reportedly delivered an ultimatum to the app’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance: Sell their shares in TikTok to an American company or accept the ban as punishment. Multiple pieces of legislation empowering Biden to enact such a ban have been introduced. 


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