The Great TikTok Tug-of-War: A Timeline of Trivia on the App’s American Odyssey

In the world of apps where swipes and clicks rule, TikTok has danced its way into a unique controversy. Picture this: an app so catchy that even your cat knows the choreography, now facing the music from Uncle Sam himself. Let’s unwind the reels of the US TikTok ban timeline, packed with more drama than a season finale of your favorite series—now with a sprinkle of trivia!

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The Rise and Stall of the US TikTok Ban: A Timeline of Tantalizing Trivia

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The looming US TikTok ban. AI Illustration: DALL-E

The Merger: TikTok’s Opening Act (2017)

Once upon a time in 2017, ByteDance, a giant from the East, decided their app needed a western remix. They snagged, fused it with TikTok, and voilà, a social media powerhouse, was born. This move didn’t just make headlines; it stirred the pot in Washington, cueing the first whispers of “national security.”

Trump’s TikTok Timeout Threat (July 2020)

Imagine being so influential that the President himself thumbs a tweet contemplating your ban. That was TikTok in July 2020, as President Trump cited everything from pandemic politics to espionage fears. TikTok’s response? Probably something like, “Can’t we all just dance it out?”

Executive Orders on the Dance Floor (August 2020)

With the grace of a reality TV show host wielding executive power, Trump laid down the law: TikTok needed an American home, or it was time for the last dance. Transactions with ByteDance were suddenly as taboo as socks with sandals.

FBI’s Algorithm Alarm (December 2022)

The FBI joined the chat in December 2022. Director Chris Wray didn’t just worry about your data privacy—he worried TikTok could turn your puppy video binge into a brainwashing bonanza with algorithm tweaks.

Congress Cranks Up the Pressure (March 2024)

As the calendar flipped to 2024, Congress got into the groove, pushing for TikTok to go red, white, and blue or shut down. Bipartisan beats were rare, but both parties were ready to DJ when it came to TikTok.

Biden’s Big Banhammer (April 2024)

Fast-forward to April 2024, when President Biden signed the “you better sell or farewell” mandate. TikTok’s new challenge? Find a US buyer, or face the ultimate “For You” page—For You to Shutdown.


As we watch the TikTok ban timer tick down, let’s not forget the app that taught us moves we never knew we needed and brought endless scrolling through bite-sized spectacles. Will TikTok manage a pirouette out of this political pas de deux, or is this the final curtain? Stay tuned for more trivia-laden updates—because in the world of news-turned-trivia, every fact has its funky backstory.


What led to TikTok’s potential ban in the US?

TikTok faced scrutiny over data privacy concerns and national security threats, which various US administrations highlighted.

How did the US government respond to TikTok’s situation?

The government issued executive orders and legislative mandates pushing for TikTok to be owned by a US company to continue operations in the States.

What does the future hold for TikTok in the US?

TikTok’s future hinges on finding a US buyer to comply with the government’s demands, or it could potentially shut down its operations in the US.

News Trivia Quiz Time: TikTok Quiz

Now that you know all the facts about the US TikTok ban, how about a news quiz?

TikTok Quiz

Social Media quiz: 12 TikTok trivia questions from the news headlines. How smart are you today?

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1. In which country was the popular Tik Tok app developed?

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2. What is the nationality of TikTok’s CEO?

Screenshot: New York Times Events  – YouTube

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3. What do people mainly do with the Tik Tok app?

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4. Google is the most popular domain in the world. What’s the second most popular domain?

Photo: Solen Feyissa via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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5. At least nine US states, including Texas, prohibit what app on state government devices and computer networks?

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6. Does John Lennon have a Tik Tok account?

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7. In Oct. 2022, Madonna kind of announced she was “gay.” How?

Screenshot: madonna (@madonna) on TikTok

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8. How many people use TikTok in the EU?

Screenshot: Euro News – YouTube

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9. Which of these happened just hours before TikTok’s CEO told Congress that China didn’t influence his company?

Screenshot: C-Span – YouTube

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10. Which US state became the first to pass a bill banning TikTok from app stores?

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11. Which Hollywood studio film was the first to be officially uploaded on TikTok (in 23 parts)?

Screenshot: Paramount Movies – YouTube

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12. Why did the EU open an official investigation into TikTok in Feb. 2024?

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We cross-checked our US TikTok ban facts with the world’s leading news outlets.

  • TikTok ban: A timeline of the app’s history | AP News Article
  • Video: Legislation that could ban TikTok is now law. Here’s what happens next | CNN Business Article
  • TikTok has promised to sue over the potential US ban. What’s the legal outlook? | ABC News Article

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