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The TikTok app is displayed on an iPhone screen. President Joe Biden signed an aid package that includes a law that would ban TikTok if its China-based parent company ByteDance fails to sell the app to an American company within a year. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

With the possibility of a TikTok ban coming early next year, polls show that not everyone is behind the ban. Florida residents seem to be firmly opposed – and the disagreement appears to be politically motivated.

According to HostingAdvice.com, the publisher of the study, “While a TikTok ban is considered a bipartisan issue, poll results show states tend to toe the party line on the issue. Almost all of the states most supportive of a ban are historically blue, while those opposed are traditionally red.”

Here are the data. This statement certainly applies to Florida:

TikTok ban – for and against, according to study

Top 3 states that most support a TikTok ban

  1. Rhode Island: 43.5% in favor, 41.3% against
  2. Connecticut: 43.1% in favor, 41.2% against
  3. Maryland: 42.6% in favor, 38.3% against

Top 3 states that most strongly oppose a TikTok ban

  1. Mississippi: 75.5% against, 10.2% for
  2. Florida: 66.7% against, 25.5% for
  3. Texas: 66.1% against, 25.4% for

Will there really be a TikTok ban?

The law passed states that if TikTok does not sell itself, the ban will take effect on January 19, 2025. The basis of the ruling states that the Chinese government may be using TikTok to access sensitive user data. They could also be using the algorithm to influence Americans’ behavior. Many people here in the U.S. actually get their news from TikTok, the potential for the platform to be used to spread propaganda is real.

36% of TikTok users believe the Chinese government can access their data through TikTok. This view is shared by 46% of Republicans and 34% of Democrats. But wait, that seems backwards. Doesn’t it?

However, it’s very likely that this deadline will pass even without a sale, as the matter will be in court for quite some time. So if you’re a TikTok influencer from Florida, there’s no need to panic just yet. But…

Supreme Court of the United States
The Supreme Court on June 26, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court

While we’re on the subject of social media and censorship, the Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday. According to CNN, “the White House and federal agencies like the FBI can continue to pressure social media to remove content the government considers to be misinformation.”

This means that the Department of Homeland Security can continue to flag posts on Facebook and X that it deems to be false information. This is an important decision in an election year, as foreign countries could try to influence the election with untrue and misleading posts. The downside is that theThe Secretary of Homeland Security is a position appointed by the Presidentwhich means political affiliation is likely. So there is a possibility of political bias in what is considered “misinformation.”

Florida

So why are Florida and other red states against the TikTok ban while blue states are for it? And this is despite the fact that nearly half of Republicans believe TikTok shares user data with the Chinese government. And why do Democrats want a ban when only a third of them believe it? Perhaps this will come up in the debate or during the election campaign.

Both candidates have TikTok accounts, Trump with 7 million followers and Biden with 387,000.

Joe Winner spends his days scouring memes and unusual stories to show you the side of Florida you don’t always see.