U.S. lawmakers unveil bipartisan bid to ban China’s TikTok

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (Reuters) – Republican Senator Marco Rubio announced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to ban China’s popular social media app TikTok, increasing pressure on owner ByteDance Ltd amid US fears the app could be used to spy on Americans and censor content.

The legislation would block all transactions of any social media company in or under the influence of China and Russia, Rubio’s office said in a press release, adding that a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives was sponsored by Republican congressman Mike Gallagher and the Democrat Raja. Krishnamoorthi.

“It is troubling that instead of encouraging the administration to complete its national security review of TikTok, some members of Congress have decided to push for a politically motivated ban that will do nothing to protect the national security of the United States. to promote,” writes TikTok. a spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company would continue to update members of Congress on plans that are “in progress” to “further secure our platform in the United States.”

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

At a hearing last month, FBI Director Chris Wray said TikTok’s US activities raise national security concerns and signal the risk that the Chinese government could use it to influence users or control their devices.

Alabama and Utah on Monday joined other US states in banning the use of TikTok on state government devices and computer networks over national security concerns. read more

In 2020, then-President Donald Trump tried to stop new users from downloading TikTok and banned other transactions that would have effectively blocked the use of the apps in the United States, but lost a series of lawsuits over the measure.

The US government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a powerful national security agency, ordered ByteDance to divest TikTok in 2020 over fears that US user data could be passed on to the Chinese communist government.

CFIUS and TikTok have been in talks for months to reach a national security agreement to protect the data of TikTok’s more than 100 million users.

Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Edited by Jonathan Oatis, Alexandra Hudson and Marguerita Choy

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Principles of Trust.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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