Unexpectedly, some US TikTok creators support a TikTok banning to protect national safety and help people “live in the moment” again.

Tess Barclay is a social media influencer who has over 135,000 TikTok followers. She posts tips on a weekly basis about how to grow entrepreneurship for content creators.

She has built up a successful social media consulting business for corporate clients after years of posting.

Barclay says the potential ban on TikTok, which President Biden signed in law in April, is “a big deal”. She’s not concerned about the law, despite its potential impact on her livelihood.

Barclay says that it’s a given that apps and algorithms will change. Apps will close down, and new ones will be released. Content creators need to use multiple platforms so that they don’t become too dependent on just one. She adds that it’s just “part of the social media game.”

It turns out that a small number of content creators on social media are fine with the possibility of a TikTok banning. They have many reasons: it’s an inevitable result of capitalism, they believe TikTok is a danger to national security or they believe that people will spend less time using social media without TikTok and avoid the conspiracy theories and outrages posted there.

Late April, President Biden signed legislation that gave ByteDance’s US operations in TikTok, based in China, nine months to find an American buyer or risk being banned from the US (the law allows for an extension of 90 days). TikTok, and a group funded by TikTok, have filed separate lawsuits against the new law. However they have not yet argued their cases in court.

However, the vast majority of TikTok users who have posted about this ban agree with TikTok, that it is excessive and unconstitutional. Many people who earn a living from the service complain about a ban hurting their business.

Searching for “TikTok Ban” on TikTok returns creators who make emotional appeals to keep the platform in the US. Some users protested outside the Capitol when Congress debated the ban.

It’s not clear if ByteDance will sell its American operations if it loses its lawsuits against the new US legislation. The company said that China’s government will oppose any sale and the service would exit the US.

John Fowler is a creator with a startup news company called International Intrigue who supports a ban. Fowler is in favor of a possible federal ban on TikTok because, according to him, it poses a threat to national security. Fowler worked as an Australian diplomat for four years in Beijing and Shanghai before he became a creator. Fowler became convinced that ByteDance was entangled with China’s Communist Party, and that the Chinese government wanted to undermine Western nations.

He says: “I believe that China has an enemy and is trying to influence the West and US Politics.” “If a foreign government has a tool, an algorithm, then it is a balance between national security and the livelihood of people.”

Fowler, who says he is against TikTok’s presence in the US because of the risks it poses to him and his business, has only published 10 videos and has 46 followers. Fowler claims that because his business relies on sponsorships and events, the demise of TikTok would not have a significant financial impact. He could instead focus on YouTube or Instagram where International Intrigue only has 702 subscribers, but its videos often receive over 10,000 views.

I’m not worried at all about the lack of places to create this kind of content online. Fowler believes that things will appear. I have YouTube Shorts and Instagram Reels making a dent.

TikTok has not responded to Fortune’s request for comments about some of their users who support a ban.

A small group of TikTokers support a TikTok banning for reasons related to mental health. This group argues that by kicking TikTok out of the US, users would be encouraged to disconnect from the app and spend more time outdoors.

Landon Drake’s TikTok video, in which he danced in his house, began with the words “Not to be a b**** but I think TikTok being banned might be good. Maybe we can live in this moment again.” Drake told Fortune that he’s not a full time creator so a banning wouldn’t affect him financially.

TikTok’s users who praised the benefits of a TikTok shutdown didn’t mention a potential flaw in their theory: TikTok fans could simply switch to another social media platform, known for its negative mental health effects, and spend just as much time there as they spent on TikTok.

Barclay is not as critical of social media and has no objection to moving the conversation that currently takes place on TikTok onto other platforms. She would lose the deal she has made with Instagram to promote their services on TikTok. She refused to disclose the financial details. If TikTok was banned, she would spend more time on YouTube to post and grow her consulting company.

She says that a TikTok shutdown will take a lot of time. – Fortune.com/The New York Times

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