In the US they want to ban TikTok: the bill has already been submitted to Congress
December 13, Republican Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill to ban Chinese social networking site TikTok from American users' electronic media. It was supported by lawmakers from both parties, according to the Voice of America.
Reason – concerns that the TikTok app could be used to spy on Americans, collect their personal data and spread disinformation
The new bill aims to ban any social media apps controlled or influenced by China and Russia. In the House of Representatives, a similar bill is introduced by Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher and Democrat Raja Krishnamurthy.
A press release issued by Senator Rubio said that “Under PRC law, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, must provide all data TikTok apps of the Chinese Communist Party. All – from the director of the FBI to FCC executives and cybersecurity experts all believe that TikTok can be used to spy on Americans.”
“The US government has not yet taken any of the necessary steps to protect US users from the threat of TikTok,” – Rubio said. He believes that “we are not talking about creative videos, but about an application that collects data on tens of millions of American children and adults every day.”
“We know that TikTok is being used to manipulate news and influence elections. And this is the answer to China. There is no more time to waste on pointless negotiations with the ByteDance campaign, which is a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party. It's time to permanently ban Beijing-controlled TikTok,” – the senator said in a statement.
“TikTok is a digital fentanyl that addicts Americans, massively collects their data, and censors the news. NikTo is a powerful media company owned by Byte Dance, which is ultimately subordinated to communist China – America's main adversary”, – said Congressman Mike Gallagher.
“Allow the TikTok app to continue to work in the US – it is the same as if, during the Cold War, the US had allowed the USSR to buy up the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as the major television and radio networks,” – he added.
In November, at a US congressional hearing, FBI Director Chris Ray spoke about the dangers of TikTok and the risk that Beijing could use TikTok's influence on US users and gain control of their electronic devices.Citing a leaked audio recording, Buzzfeed News reported in June that ByteDance employees in China had repeatedly accessed sensitive data (such as phone numbers and birthdays) of TikTok users in the US. Separately, Forbes reported in October that ByteDance plans to use TikTok “to track the personal location of certain specific American citizens,” according to NPR.
Some US states have banned their employees from using TikTok on computers and phones.
< p>TikTok insists US user data is stored securely outside of China and is not available to government officials, CNBC reports. But the company's reassurances have done little to dampen US officials' negative vibes around TikTok.
In 2020, President Donald Trump's administration attempted to stop new users in the US from downloading the app. Trump wanted to ban other transactions that would effectively block the use of the TikTok app in the country.