Published On Apr 21, 2023
In all likelihood, Montana's TikTok ban is impossible to implement, both legally and practically. A national ban would be a really significant loss, and I think it's worth recognizing that. The current frames I've been hearing are "TikTok is trash so of course we could ban it" or "TikTok is a treasure so of course we shouldn't ban it."
A content platform is not its code, it is its cultures. To destroy that is a truly dramatic step and I hope the people considering doing that understand what they are proposing. I hope they are motivated by more than a distaste for social media and trying to look "tough on china." But, honestly, I don't know.
I think we've gotten ourselves into quite a pickle and I think it's OK to say "I don't know what to do about this."
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