US lawmakers unveil TikTok ban bill over China security fears2022-12-13 18:26 by Daniela
Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Tuesday announced bipartisan legislation to ban China's popular social media app TikTok, ratcheting up pressure on owner ByteDance Ltd amid U.S. fears the app could be used to spy on Americans and censure content.
The new bill reflects the latest escalation by US policymakers against the Chinese-owned short-form video app. TikTok has faced doubts about its ability to safeguard US user data from the Chinese government.
"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 in a statement, adding "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."
Last month, the head of the FBI voiced concern that China could use the app to influence users or control their electronics. Several US states have banned it from government devices.
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