Sen. Marco Rubio Spearheads Bill to Ban TikTok in US

Sen. Marco Rubio Spearheads Bill to Ban TikTok in US

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Three American legislators have introduced a new bill to ban smoking in public places. TikTok From working in the United States.

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This proposal is the latest American policy move in the face of the Chinese-owned Video-sharing app, long questioned about its ability to protect users’ personal information from the Chinese government.

The Bill It states that it is designed to “protect Americans against the threat posed by some foreign adversaries using current and potential future social media corporations that those foreign enemies control to surveil Americans or learn sensitive data about Americans or spread influence campaigns.

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This bill is similar to legislation in states such as Maryland and Utah, which have stopped using TikTok state-owned devices. Former President Donald Trump National security concerns were the reason he proposed that TikTok be banned in 2020. He claimed that the Chinese-owned app could have been used by the Chinese government to nefarious ends. However, the ban was not approved. Instead, ByteDance, the parent company, agreed to sell its U.S. operations and transfer them to an American company.

TikTok spokesperson Hilary McQuade told CNN: “It’s troubling that … some members of Congress have decided to push for a politically-motivated ban that will do nothing to advance the national security of the United States.”

CNN reports that the State Department, Military, and Department of Homeland Security do not allow TikTok to be used on their devices.

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TikTok claims it does not share user data with China’s government. However, TikTok claims that a team of American employees manages any Chinese access to U.S. data.

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