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Former Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan Seemingly Supports Banning TikTok

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Larry Hogan (62nd governor of Maryland from 2015 to 2023 and current candidate in Maryland for US Senate in 2024) put out the following tweet on November 6th:

“It is about time Washington finally acts. As governor, we led the nation in banning TikTok on state devices. In the Senate, I will continue to lead on protecting our personal safety and our national security from the cyber vulnerabilities that support our daily lives.”

The tweet also included this link: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/4512824-white-house-hails-important-and-welcome-bill-that-could-ban-tiktok/

Noted in the article from The Hill “White House hails ‘important and welcome’ bill that could ban TikTok“:

“It specifically defines ByteDance and TikTok as a foreign adversary controlled application and urges the parent company to divest the platform or face a ban in the U.S., while also creating a broader framework that would allow the president to designate other foreign adversary controlled applications”.

Also noted in that article:

TikTok spokesperson Alex Haurek slammed the bill as an “outright ban of TikTok, no matter how much they authors try to disguise it.”

“This legislation will trample the First Amendment rights of 170 million Americans and deprive 5 million small businesses of a platform they rely on to grow and create jobs,” he said in a statement.

The Observer reached out to the Hogan campaign on March 7th (via email) for additional clarification and have not received a response as of this article.

If you are looking for the argument opposing the ban of TikTok (generated by AI)…here ya go:

“TikTok Ban: A Step Towards Digital Dystopia”

The recent move to ban TikTok represents a disturbing erosion of online freedoms. Under the guise of “national security,” regulators are restricting access to one of the most popular apps among young people. But make no mistake – this sets a dangerous precedent for censorship and government overreach in the digital realm.

Outlawing TikTok is a slippery slope towards digital authoritarianism. First they came for TikTok, and we said nothing. Next they’ll come for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Before we know it, Big Brother will be monitoring our every click and swipe, choking innovation and free expression. We cannot let the iron fist of surveillance capitalism tighten its grip.

People deserve full access to the boundless creativity and community TikTok provides. The vibrant platform reflects the diverse voices of this generation. Yet misguided fears threaten to mute it. We must defend our digital liberties against encroachment from all sides. The TikTok ban risks opening the floodgates to a dystopian future where our agency online faces extinction. We must push back before it’s too late.

The time has come to take a stand. TikTok’s fate will shape the landscape of online freedom for decades to come. We cannot stay silent and allow censorship to prevail. Our digital rights hang in the balance.

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Honestly I just wanted to see what AI would generate and see what people thought about it as part of this discussion


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