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USA: 'No social media is just all good' - Students voice mixed opinions on TikTok ban at Texas universities03:02

USA: 'No social media is just all good' - Students voice mixed opinions on TikTok ban at Texas universities

United States, Richardson
January 19, 2023 at 10:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Students of the University of Texas at Dallas voiced mixed feelings after the school banned the TikTok app on campus, as seen in footage recorded in the facilities on Wednesday.

"No social media is just all good, no social media is all just bad, and that should be up to individuals to decide, what's best for them", said Andrea, a student at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Another student, Leonard, said, "there really is no point because there are so many alternatives that are very similar."

"I certainly think that it may be a little bit overreached. Because if you start controlling what kind of apps you can have...", said Erik, who also studies at the school.

Some students raised questions on reasons to ban TikTok alone, as many social media applications offer similar short video experiences.

"It is something I use to kill time, but there really is no point, because there are so many alternatives that are very similar. So I don't understand why would they just go off TikTok alone," said Leonard Matthew, a student.

According to local media, the University of Texas blocked access to TikTok through its network on its campuses in Austin and Dallas. The measure came after Governor of Texas Greg Abbott announced the app will be banned from state-managed electronic resources, following similar restrictions in other states.

In recent years, concerns have grown in the US about Chinese app TikTok allegedly being used to collect private data and spy on Americans.

USA: 'No social media is just all good' - Students voice mixed opinions on TikTok ban at Texas universities03:02
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Students of the University of Texas at Dallas voiced mixed feelings after the school banned the TikTok app on campus, as seen in footage recorded in the facilities on Wednesday.

"No social media is just all good, no social media is all just bad, and that should be up to individuals to decide, what's best for them", said Andrea, a student at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Another student, Leonard, said, "there really is no point because there are so many alternatives that are very similar."

"I certainly think that it may be a little bit overreached. Because if you start controlling what kind of apps you can have...", said Erik, who also studies at the school.

Some students raised questions on reasons to ban TikTok alone, as many social media applications offer similar short video experiences.

"It is something I use to kill time, but there really is no point, because there are so many alternatives that are very similar. So I don't understand why would they just go off TikTok alone," said Leonard Matthew, a student.

According to local media, the University of Texas blocked access to TikTok through its network on its campuses in Austin and Dallas. The measure came after Governor of Texas Greg Abbott announced the app will be banned from state-managed electronic resources, following similar restrictions in other states.

In recent years, concerns have grown in the US about Chinese app TikTok allegedly being used to collect private data and spy on Americans.