Banning TikTok is a bad solution to the wrong problem
No more glow-ups. No more 10-second viral dances. No more short lessons on how to clean your stove. Banning TikTok would potentially save users a lot of time scrolling through incredibly addictive content.
But a ban would be an entirely un-American, undemocratic and inappropriate response to an unproven risk that the Chinese-owned platform will share users’ data with Beijing for nefarious purposes. What’s more, banning TikTok would be completely useless in combating a different, much better-evidenced social media pitfall — the spread of dangerous propaganda.
An outright ban of the...