U.S. Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill to ban TikTok short video service in the United States, citing the ban as a national security threat. informs FCW on Tuesday.
Paper titled Averting the National Threat of Internet Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and Influence, and Algorithmic Learning by the Chinese Communist Party (ANTI-SOCIAL CCP Act) has already received bipartisan support in the Senate.
“It is high time for the federal government to take meaningful steps to protect American users from the threat of TikTok,” Rubio said. “This is not about creative videos, but about an application that collects data from tens of millions of American children and adults every day. We know it is being used to manipulate the news agenda and influence elections. We know that it is accountable to the PRC. The time for pointless negotiations with the CCP puppet company is over. It is time to completely block Beijing-controlled TikTok.”
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Marco Rubio is known for his anti-Chinese initiatives. So, in September of this year, it was he threatened Apple with unprecedented scale federal scrutiny in the case of the purchase of chips from YMTC for the new iPhone 14. In March, Rubio, co-authored with another senator sent a letter to the US Department of State and the US Department of Defense urging them to ban departmental employees from using Chinese “digital transportation platforms” that transmit user personal data and confidential geolocation information to the PRC authorities. He also is a co-author a 2018 bill imposing a series of trade restrictions on Chinese companies wishing to invest in US businesses or partner with US companies operating in various sectors, including emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
Recall, two years ago, the US federal authorities already made an attempt to block TikTok, including prohibiting US residents from downloading the application. However, this order was stopped court.
The application, however, is banned in a number of US states – in August 2020 it was blocked in Nebraska, in December 2022 a similar ban on the use of TikTok introduced Texas, Maryland, South Carolina and South Dakota, and then Alabama and Utah. Some federal agencies have also banned their employees from using TikTok, including Ministry of Defense, the National Security Agency and the US State Department. Application regularly accuse that it is a means of espionage.
Despite this, TikTok has become the most popular site in 2022, surpassing Google. Senators backing the bill call the app “a digital fentanyl that gets Americans hooked on.” In July in the USA on TikTok sued for causing death to children by negligence, true, the judge appendix justified. Parallel exist evidence that the owner of Facebook is Meta (recognized in the Russian Federation by an extremist organization) – paid a communications agency to conduct a campaign to vilify the Chinese platform TikTok in the American media.