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Bipartisan Congressional Initiative Seeks to Ban TikTok

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) reported Tuesday that bipartisan legislation has been introduced to ban TikTok from operating in the United States. According to the senator, it is a bill titled “Averting the National Threat of Internet Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and Influence, and Algorithmic Learning by the Chinese Communist Party Act (ANTI-SOCIAL CCP Act).”

Rubio asserted that the legislation would protect Americans by blocking and prohibiting all transactions by any social networking company in or under the influence of China, Russia and several other foreign countries of interest. Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“The federal government has yet to take a single meaningful action to protect American users from the threat of TikTok. This isn’t about creative videos — this is about an app that is collecting data on tens of millions of American children and adults every day,” Rubio said.

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The Florida senator added: “We know it’s used to manipulate feeds and influence elections. We know it answers to the People’s Republic of China. There is no more time to waste on meaningless negotiations with a CCP-puppet company. It is time to ban Beijing-controlled TikTok for good.”

As CBC recalls, in June 2021, President Joe Biden withdrew former President Donald Trump‘s executive orders seeking to ban downloads and ordered the Department of Commerce to conduct a review of security concerns raised by the apps.

Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.