TikTok Could Face US Ban as Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Bid to Block App Over Spying, Censorship Concerns

TikTok Could Face US Ban as Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Bid to Block App Over Spying, Censorship Concerns
TikTok Could Face US Ban as Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Bid to Block App Over Spying, Censorship Concerns

Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Tuesday introduced bipartisan laws to ban China’s common social media app TikTok, ratcheting up strain on proprietor ByteDance amid US fears the app might be used to spy on Americans and censor content material.

The laws would block all transactions from any social media firm in or underneath the affect of China and Russia, Rubio’s workplace mentioned in a information launch, including {that a} companion invoice within the US House of Representatives was sponsored by Republican congressman Mike Gallagher and Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi.

“It is troubling that moderately than encouraging the administration to conclude its nationwide safety evaluation of TikTok, some members of Congress have determined to push for a politically-motivated ban that can do nothing to advance the nationwide safety of the United States,” a TikTok spokesperson mentioned in an announcement, including that the corporate would proceed to transient members of Congress on the plans which are “properly underway” to “additional safe our platform within the United States.”

The invoice comes as scrutiny of TikTok has grown in Washington in current weeks, after a failed bid by the Trump administration to ban the video-sharing app.

At a listening to final month, FBI Director Chris Wray mentioned TikTok’s US operations elevate nationwide safety considerations, flagging the danger that the Chinese authorities might harness it to affect customers or management their units.

Alabama and Utah on Monday joined different US states prohibiting using TikTok on state authorities units and pc networks attributable to nationwide safety considerations.

In 2020, then-President Donald Trump tried to dam new customers from downloading TikTok and ban different transactions that might have successfully blocked the apps’ use within the United States however misplaced a collection of courtroom battles over the measure.

The US authorities’s Committee on Foreign Investment within the United States (CFIUS), a robust nationwide safety physique, in 2020 ordered ByteDance to divest TikTok due to fears that US consumer knowledge might be handed on to China’s communist authorities.

CFIUS and TikTok have been in talks for months aiming to achieve a nationwide safety settlement to guard the information of TikTok’s greater than 100 million customers.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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