madpacifist t1_jdgufwu wrote

The argument being a US-owned social media application, which still does all of these things, is better than one belonging to an alien company by sheer virtue of the sole fact that it's American?

Sounds like 19th Century American foreign policy.

Besides, there are US alternatives already. YouTube shorts, Instagram reels, no one is flocking to those outlets now even though they are, surprise, functionally identical. The free market the US has cultivated has chosen, and it's chosen TikTok.