U.S. Senator Marco Rubio on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation to ban the Chinese social media platform TikTok from operating in the United States, while Congressmen Mike Gallagher and Raja Krishnamoorthi introduced accompanying legislation in the House of Representatives, the senator’s office said. a press release.
“U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced bipartisan legislation to ban TikTok from operating in the United States,” Rubio’s office said in a statement. “US Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced companion legislation in the US House of Representatives.”
Senator Rubio said the federal government has not yet taken any meaningful action to protect US users from the TikTok threat.
“We know it’s being used to manipulate feeds and influence elections. We know it’s answering to the People’s Republic of China. There’s no more time to waste in pointless negotiations with a CCP puppet company. It’s time for Beijing-controlled TikTok for good,” he added.
Dubbed the Averting the National Threat of Internet Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and Influence, and Algorithmic Learning by the Chinese Communist Party Act (ANTI-SOCIAL CCP Act), the legislation is expected to protect Americans by blocking and banning all social media transactions . company in China, among others.
The bill also requires the US president to block and ban all transactions in all property and interests in properties of social media companies with more than 1 million users in Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.
According to the release, TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is required by Chinese law to make the application’s data available to the Chinese Communist Party, posing the risk of TikTok being used as an espionage tool.
Launched by ByteDance in 2018, TikTok has since become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world with over 1 billion monthly active users.
Previously, the previous Trump administration tried to ban TikTok and the Chinese media platform WeChat in 2020 to protect the privacy of Americans. The Biden administration did not continue to fight for the implementation of their predecessors’ initiative and only recently resumed criticism of TikTok.
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