Senator Marco Rubio Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Ban TikTok

Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s office released a statement on Tuesday explaining he has introduced bipartisan legislation to ban TikTok in the United States. In the House of Representatives, Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) submitted similar legislation.

TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, is required by Chinese law to make the app’s data available to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). From the FBI Director to FCC Commissioners to cybersecurity experts, everyone has made clear the risk of TikTok being used to spy on Americans.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) would protect Americans by blocking and prohibiting all transactions from any social media company in, or under the influence of, China, Russia, and several other foreign countries of concern. U.S. Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gallagher calls TikTok “digital fentanyl that is addicting Americans” and endangering national security by manipulating opinion and influence.

“TikTok is digital fentanyl that’s addicting Americans, collecting troves of their data, and censoring their news. It’s also an increasingly powerful media company that’s owned by ByteDance, which ultimately reports to the Chinese Communist Party – America’s foremost adversary. Allowing the app to continue to operate in the U.S. would be like allowing the U.S.S.R. to buy up the New York Times, Washington Post, and major broadcast networks during the Cold War. No country with even a passing interest in its own security would allow this to happen, which is why it’s time to ban TikTok and any other CCP-controlled app before it’s too late.”

ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, is required under Chinese law to open all their data and technology to the Chinese Communist Party.

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