Should TikTok Be Banned? (The Drew Mariani Show)

You might be concerned about the influence TikTok is having on your kids’ mental health. Not only that — there’s also security concerns about China hacking in and getting your information.

Drew Mariani explores this, alongside guest Peter Atkinson from The Merry Beggars. 

The Gist of the Episode:

  • The Bill: Aiming to ban TikTok due to its ties with China, the bill demands that the Chinese parent company would divest itself of TikTok or the app would face prohibition.
  • Congressman Mike Gallagher’s Crusade: Calling out TikTok as a “Chinese spy app,” Gallagher is on a mission to protect American minds from the brainwashing and anti-American propaganda. 🕵️‍♂️
  • TikTok’s Counter: The app defends itself, claiming a ban would hurt small businesses and violate First Amendment rights. But the question remains: is it freedom of speech or a free pass for foreign surveillance?

Peter Atkinson Weighs In:

  • A Deep Dive into TikTok’s Abyss: Peter, a social media savant, uncovers TikTok’s alarming capabilities. From deep rabbit holes of harmful content to its uncanny ability to persuade and influence its massive user base through advanced AI, TikTok isn’t just another app; it’s a powerful persuasion machine.
  • The Addiction Algorithm: TikTok’s design is dangerously addictive, more so than its digital counterparts. Why? It excels at understanding its users, providing an endless stream of captivating content that keeps them hooked.

The Broader Implications:

  • National Security: With instances of espionage already unfolding, the discussion transcends TikTok, spotlighting the precarious balance between open innovation and national security.
  • Mental Health Crisis: Beyond data privacy and persuasion, Peter touches on a silent epidemic – the devastating impact of social media, particularly TikTok, on mental health, especially among teens.

It’s time for your opinion: Should TikTok go? 

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.