Most Americans Oppose Bans On Social Media But Are Likely To Support Bans On Apps Owned By Hostile Nations, New Study Claims

A new study is sharing a glimpse of what the average American adult feels about social media bans and it’s safe to say that the surveys have certainly laid out interesting results.

This past month, we saw the state of Montana turn into the first nation that agreed to pass a complete ban on TikTok. It was a move that came about as the Federal Government continued to pursue such a similar effort as different lawmakers and officials laid down threats of concern. This was linked to national security. The latter had to do more with nations offering hostile relations with America.

As this took center stage, we saw a lot of Americans support bans on various social media apps at the state or federal level. But these same people are so much more likely to provide support for restrictions on platforms owned by the countries, as per the latest research by Morning Consult.

Less than 3 in 10 people said they backed the bans on the social media platforms that were put into place on a Federal level. Meanwhile, 50% of the majority said they supported restrictions on all those platforms hostile to the US.

Meanwhile, one in four people mentioned they supported laws in another state that put a ban on residents from making use of social media services while 30% of them supported a similar type of ban in their own nation or the state where they reside.

Interestingly, the support was seen doubling for apps owned by a firm deemed hostile to the US. this includes those nations they felt had an adversarial foreign government.

Today, nearly 50% of adults would back down from state-level actions against the American app if owners were considered hostile toward the US. And we must not forget how most of the people that arose from Gen Z had TikTok accounts are less likely to support such a ban on apps than all others.

On the other hand, the survey notes how 2 in 5 of respondents hailing from Gen Z and the Millenial group would think about moving if the state banned apps that they used on a regular basis. This includes those who had TikTok accounts as they were the ones who would think about a possible ban and they made up 37%.

But as a whole, if the apps do get banned, most people believe app stores should be held responsible for enforcing such restrictions. Meanwhile, 52% showed support for placing a fine against app stores that allowed downloads of the service or the application in question.

Today, so many people in the state of Montana make use of TikTok and will not be affected for doing this under the state of Montana’s law. However, there seems to be a unique public appetite in regard to placing fines against people.

For instance, around 42% supported fines for those who failed to oblige by the rules set out by the state.

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