US Congressional Committee Introduces Bill to Ban TikTok within the US

Two Republican legislators present bill in Congress to ban TikTok in the US

Two Republican legislators presented a bill this Wednesday (01.25.2023) to Congress which seeks to ban the TikTok application on devices in the United States. Congressmen Josh Hawlye, of the Senate and Ken Buck, of the House of Representatives, leading the proposal accused the Chinese application of being a “national security threat” to the US.

The bill directs the executive to block and prohibit transactions by US entities or individuals with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance. It asks the director of National Intelligence to deliver a report to Congress on the activities that lawmakers consider to be a “national threat” by TikTok, including allegedly allowing the Chinese government access to American data.

TikTok has denied accusations of this type in the past, ensuring that it does not censor content or give the Chinese government access to its data. Last December, the US Congress passed a law banning the use of the popular video app on official federal government devices. Several states and territories have also filed lawsuits against ByteDance for allegedly allowing Chinese espionage.

In 2019, as part of his strategy to increase pressure on China, then US president Donald Trump gave TikTok an ultimatum to transfer their operations to US companies if they did not want to be banned in the country.

TikTok has more than 100 million users in the United States and has become one of the most popular social networks in the world, especially among teenagers.

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