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The next time the cicadas will emerge like this won’t take place until the year 2245. Photo used with permission from Sagar Vasnani via Unsplash.
Rare cicada emergence event occurs across the U.S.
Max Spiegel, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
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Concerts are a central part of a night out upon which other events should be based off of.
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Top five moments from Green Hope Athletics 2023-24
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Mason Dean, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
Team photo of the men’s varsity baseball team after a tough game against Cary High, ultimately winning with the final score of 12-10. Photo taken with permission from Roshan Shoukat (25).
Bringing it home
Zoe Westerlund, Staff Writer • May 22, 2024
Follow this link to purchase tickets for Green Hope Athletic events
Top five moments from Green Hope Athletics 2023-24
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Mason Dean, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
Team photo of the men’s varsity baseball team after a tough game against Cary High, ultimately winning with the final score of 12-10. Photo taken with permission from Roshan Shoukat (25).
Bringing it home
Zoe Westerlund, Staff Writer • May 22, 2024
Follow this link to purchase tickets for Green Hope Athletic events
The next time the cicadas will emerge like this won’t take place until the year 2245. Photo used with permission from Sagar Vasnani via Unsplash.
Rare cicada emergence event occurs across the U.S.
Max Spiegel, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
2024: Summer playlist
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Valentina Garcia and Mason ClineMay 31, 2024
Concerts are a central part of a night out upon which other events should be based off of.
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Armaan Minhas, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
Top five moments from Green Hope Athletics 2023-24
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Mason Dean, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
Team photo of the men’s varsity baseball team after a tough game against Cary High, ultimately winning with the final score of 12-10. Photo taken with permission from Roshan Shoukat (25).
Bringing it home
Zoe Westerlund, Staff Writer • May 22, 2024
Follow this link to purchase tickets for Green Hope Athletic events
Top five moments from Green Hope Athletics 2023-24
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Mason Dean, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
Team photo of the men’s varsity baseball team after a tough game against Cary High, ultimately winning with the final score of 12-10. Photo taken with permission from Roshan Shoukat (25).
Bringing it home
Zoe Westerlund, Staff Writer • May 22, 2024
Follow this link to purchase tickets for Green Hope Athletic events
The next time the cicadas will emerge like this won’t take place until the year 2245. Photo used with permission from Sagar Vasnani via Unsplash.
Rare cicada emergence event occurs across the U.S.
Max Spiegel, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
2024: Summer playlist
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Valentina Garcia and Mason ClineMay 31, 2024
Concerts are a central part of a night out upon which other events should be based off of.
Summer concerts to look forward to
Armaan Minhas, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
Top five moments from Green Hope Athletics 2023-24
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Mason Dean, Staff Writer • May 31, 2024
Team photo of the men’s varsity baseball team after a tough game against Cary High, ultimately winning with the final score of 12-10. Photo taken with permission from Roshan Shoukat (25).
Bringing it home
Zoe Westerlund, Staff Writer • May 22, 2024
Follow this link to purchase tickets for Green Hope Athletic events

Time is up for TikTok

The short-form video social media app is under fire from legislators for using American citizens’ data. Its parent company, ByteDance, is faced with the decision to either sell their company or face a ban.
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TikTok will be forced to sell their company to an American company or face a ban across the United States.

President Joe Biden signed a bill into law on April 24, 2024, that would mandate the Chinese-owned TikTok to sell to an American company within a year or face an outright ban across the United States. 

ByteDance, a Chinese internet technology company, was founded in 2009 by software engineer and entrepreneur Zhang Yiming and his colleague Liang Rubio. They created the app shortly after another successful venture, Fang, a real estate search engine, similar to Zillow. The pair developed and released TikTok to consumers in China and India in 2016, which would later be launched to the international market in 2017. ByteDance sources claimed that they would rather face a ban within the United States than sell the app, citing that the algorithms on TikTok are a key component of ByteDance’s overall operations

Around a third of the American population uses the short-form video app. Nearly a third of American adults aged 18 through 29 use TikTok as a news source. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) see this ban as going against free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment, a senior policy consultant Jenna Leventoff said in a blog. “That banning a social media platform that hundreds of millions of Americans use to express themselves would have devastating consequences for all of our First Amendment rights, and will almost certainly be struck down in court,” she wrote. 

TikTok, agreeing with this sentiment, filed a lawsuit on May 7 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. circuit. They argued that the choice they were given violates the free speech rights enumerated in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. 

In January 2023, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper used an executive order to ban access to TikTok for all state government-issued devices. The action was explained as an effort to keep North Carolina residents safe. “[Since this technology] includes a wide range of sensitive information about government operations and state residents … that state agency employees may not install or otherwise utilize the TikTok,” according to the statement released as part of Executive Order No. 276. 

This bill fell under the larger bipartisan bill that would approve 95.3 billion dollars in aid to Taiwan, Israel and Ukraine. This bill allotted 60 billion dollars to Ukraine to aid them in their conflict with Russia. A part of this TikTok bill was included in large part due to opposition from House Republicans who were against the passing of these funds. 

Controversy surrounding the app are an international occurrence. In September 2023, the EU fined TikTok 368 million dollars due to its failure to protect children’s privacy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, TikTok, like other social media platforms, were criticized for spreading misinformation regarding the health effects of the virus. These theories ranged from health tips that eating garlic would prevent COVID-19, to claims that COVID-19 vaccines were magnetic, encouraging certain individuals to go unvaccinated. 

I feel like misinformation spreads everywhere on the internet; it’s not just a TikTok thing. If stopping misinformation is the goal of this ban, they’re not going to achieve it this way.

— Anonymous Green Hope student

A sophomore student at Green Hope, who wished to remain anonymous, expanded on their perspective of the relationship between misinformation and TikTok. “I feel like misinformation spreads everywhere on the internet; it’s not just a TikTok thing. If stopping misinformation is the goal of this ban, they’re not going to achieve it this way,” they said. 

TikTok also faces privacy and security concerns from users, ranging from complaints of viewing location data, to having your voice and face on this platform. It is not the only company that can see this information as other social media sites can view this as well, however, due to the Chinese government’s influence over the owners of TikTok, legislators raised concerns that they are using data to target American citizens. 

A teacher at Green Hope spoke to the concerns that American companies also have access to their data, “Of all the reasons that politicians have used for TikTok being banned or forced to sell the security concerns are the most hypocritical as US companies such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat also have security concerns as they can use the data and information to make their money,” said the teacher. 

In addition to safety issues, there are concerns regarding the amount of time that teenagers spend on the app. “I spend about an hour to an hour and a half a day. It makes me feel unproductive, tired and overall in a pretty bad mood afterward,” said Evan Koo (’25), a regular TikTok user. Koo’s experience is reflected in a study done by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. The report stated that “high levels of social media use over the span of four years was associated with increased depression among middle and high school youths.” 

If ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, were to sell the app to an American company, it will still be allowed within the United States. Critics continue to say that the use of data and personal information can be an important tool used by the Chinese parent company to spread misinformation. Access to American citizen’s information is viewed as a national security threat, as TikTok’s leadership decides their company’s future. 

I spend about an hour to an hour and a half a day. It makes me feel unproductive, tired and overall in a pretty bad mood afterward.

— Evan Koo ('25)

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Leo McDunn
Leo McDunn, Staff Writer
Leo McDunn is a junior at Green Hope High School and was born in Saint Louis Missouri. Leo is in Boy Scout of America Troup 209, he is working on his eagle, a rank in the organization.  He currently lives in Cary, NC with his two siblings and parents. In his free time, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and is on Green Hope High School Ultimate Frisbee team. His favorite cuisine is Indian food and the dish that piqued his interest is Chicken Tikka Masala. Leo also likes to spend time on Instagram but also likes to watch movies, one of which is The Princess Bride. In the future, Leo wishes to major in political science and become either a campaign manager or a political figure.
Peggy Chen
Peggy Chen, News Editor
Peggy Chen is a junior at Green Hope High School, and this is her second year in the journalism program. She is thrilled to serve as the news editor and be able to report on the issues that she is passionate about. She is focused on covering climate, local policy, and food systems, but always loves a good investigative story. Outside the Falcon, she spends her time playing tennis or outdoors. She is excited to make an impact through journalism at Green Hope!
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