TikTok faces potential nationwide ban; local influencer says app can be beneficial

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TOLEDO, Ohio — U.S. lawmakers questioned the CEO of TikTok during a congressional hearing Thursday about data security and harmful content as the app faces a potential nationwide ban. The short-form video app, owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, has already been banned by federal agencies and many states, including Ohio, over concerns of personal information and other sensitive data being shared with the Chinese government.

But one Toledo-area TikToker and educator said many social media apps, not just TikTok, require users and parents of youths to be selective and take measures to ensure the content they see is safe.

Katie Peters, the communications director for Washington Local Schools, has gained over 100,000 followers on the platform after she started posting content for students during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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