Senators will put together a bipartisan bill this week that would ban TikTok by blocking foreign-owned technology that threatens national security.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., came on “Fox News Sunday with Shannon bran,” who asked the Senator about the panel’s upcoming hearing on global threat assessments and threats related to China.
“I think for a long time, the conventional wisdom was, the more you bring China into the world order, the more they’re going to change, and that assumption was wrong,” Warner said.
Warner went on to explain the steps Congress has already taken to limit the presence of Chinese technologies in the US and said, “This week, I have a broad bipartisan bill that I’m launching with my friend John Thune, which will . the Republican directive, where we are going to say, regarding foreign technology coming into America, we must have a systematic approach to ensure that we can ban or ban when necessary.”
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Bream asked Warner if that includes TikTok and the senator replied, “That means TikTok is one of the possibilities.” TikTok is owned by a China-based parent company called ByteDance, and Warner noted that Chinese companies are obligated under a 2016 law to comply with the Communist Party of China.
Warner explained that “100 million Americans are on TikTok 90 minutes a day” and said, “They’re taking data from Americans, not keeping it safe. But my biggest concern with TikTok is that it can be a tool This is basically propaganda – the videos you see would promote ideological issues.”
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He also noted criticism that the mix of content shown to TikTok users in the US is very different from what is shown to users in China: “If you look at what TikTok shows to the Chinese kids, it’s about science and engineering, versus What our children see, there is a big difference.”
Warner and Sen. John Thune, R-D., are expected to formally introduce their legislation this week. Details regarding the provisions of the upcoming legislation were not available Sunday, but the bipartisan nature of the proposal and the leadership roles played by both lawmakers in the Senate could move the bill quickly this year.
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TikTok has pushed back against efforts to ban the app in the US amid national concerns about its ties to China.
A TikTok spokesperson told FOX Business: “We hope that Congress will explore solutions to their national security concerns that do not have the effect of censoring the voices of millions of Americans, and we hope that politicians who are concerned about national security administration to finalize its national security review of TikTok. US TikTok is a ban on exporting American culture and values to the billion plus people who use our service around the world.”
Last week, Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a bill that would impeach the Biden administration new power to ban TikTok and other apps deemed to pose a national security risk. The committee advanced the legislation on a 24-16 vote that went along party lines. It is unclear when the bill may reach the House floor for a vote.
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Federal agencies are in the process of deleting TikTok from government devices as required by a provision of the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill enacted in December that first passed the Senate when Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., enter it as independence. bill
The law required the Biden administration’s Office of Management and Budget to provide guidance to agencies to implement the No TikTok on Government Devices Act by February 27, 2023. OMB issued its guidance on February 27, which gives 30 days to remove or block agencies. TikTok and develop limited exceptions for law enforcement or national security interests as permitted by law.