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Wednesday, May 1, 2024 – Native TikTok users prepare for U.S. ban

The short video social media platform TikTok is mostly a source of entertainment and information for most Native users. A ban on the app in the United States would cut that off for TikTok fans, but also close off a source of income for several talented Native producers. A new law requires TikTok’s China-based company to sell its interest in the app or lose its U.S. audience, which has a massive, mostly young base. We’ll hear from Native TikTok producers and cybersecurity experts about what’s behind the ban and what it means for users.


charlie amáyá scott (Diné), influencer, TikTok creator, and PhD candidate  

Patuk Glenn (Iñupiaq), executive director of the Arctic Slope Community Foundation and content creator 

Brandon Benallie (Diné and Hopi), cybersecurity expert

Dr. Karaitiana Taiuru (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, & Ngāti Toa), Māori A.I., Data, and Emerging Tech Ethicist and Governance, IP, and Critical Indigenous Researcher

Break 1 Music: Hoka Hey (feat. Jayden Paz & Dancin Dave) [Radio Version] (song) DJ krayzkree (artist) Future Generations (album)

Break 2 Music: Flyer (song) The Zoniez (artist)