Bipartisan lawmakers are introducing legislation to ban TikTok over the threat of Chinese communist espionage

A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced legislation to ban social media platform TikTok in the US over communist Chinese espionage concerns.

The popular application is used by about 80 million people in the US, but is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company with very close ties to the communist government.

“The federal government has yet to take one meaningful action to protect American users from the threat posed by TikTok. This isn’t about creative videos — this is about an app that collects data on tens of millions of American children and adults every day,” said Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, one of the sponsors of the bill a statement.

Experts say the application is invasive and collects far more information from users’ cellphones than other social media apps. The threat that information collected from users’ phones could be leaked to the Chinese Communist Party has prompted many state governments to ban TikTok from devices made available to state employees and agencies.

“We know it’s being used to manipulate feeds and influence elections,” Rubio continued in his statement. “We know that it is under the People’s Republic of China. No more time can be wasted on meaningless negotiations with a CCP puppet company. It’s time to ban Beijing-controlled TikTok forever.”

The bill was Also sponsored by Republican Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin and Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois.

TikTok spokeswoman Brooke Oberwetter said in a expression told The Hill that the legislation was politically motivated.

“It is troubling that instead of encouraging the government to complete its national security review of TikTok, some members of Congress have decided to push for a politically motivated ban that will not advance United States national security,” Oberwetter said.

She went on to say that the company has plans to “further secure” the platform in the United States.

Meta, Facebook’s parent company,’s share price rose 4.74% in part based to the news about the possible ban.

Here is more about the ban on the communist spy app:

Is the US moving towards a TikTok ban? Bipartisan lawmakers are introducing legislation to ban TikTok over the threat of Chinese communist espionage

Laura Coffey

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