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Tik Tok users worried about possible U.S. ban

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

"It seems so silly to say that I would be really devastated if we lose it, but I honestly would," Denae Cortez said.

A possible total ban of the massively popular app Tik Tok, has content creators like Cortez worried.

The Trump Administration cites the reason for a ban over privacy concerns. 

"It can't be controlled, for security reasons, by China. Too big, too invasive," President Trump said.

For many users, like Lubbock-based Cortez who goes by the handle @thebigbadmamawolf on the app, it's been a much-needed creative outlet during the pandemic. 




Cortez has nearly 5,000 followers on the Tik Tok app


Despite having limited events to go to nowadays, she still gets to show off her classic costumes like "Velma" from Scooby Doo and Disney's "Snow White".

"I have made some amazing friendships over this app during quarantine. I've met one of my best friends on there. We do "Spiderman" and "Mary Jane" videos. I had no clue my life would be so involved," she said.

Although the videos are short, Cortez and other creators will sometimes spend hours shooting several videos to share for later.

But if the app gets deleted, so does all that content.

"What would we stand to lose? That's a lot of content," public relations assistant professor at Texas Tech Lisa Low said. "Not just normal everyday users, but celebrities are on board with it, putting proprietary content. We've got big brands like Pepsi, lots of advertisements happening on the platform," she added.

Low says a total ban would be unprecedented in the country. But this is not the first time the app has gotten in trouble with federal authorities. 

"The Federal Trade Commission has already fined them for various things," Low explained.

But there is some hope for users, Microsoft said it was working on a deal with ByteDance, the parent company of Tik Tok, to purchase the app. President Trump says he approves, as long as the federal government gets a cut. 

"I said a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States, because we're making it possible for this deal to happen, " the president explained.

He has given a deadline of September 15th for the deal to go through or the app could be shutdown. 

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