The US is introducing bipartisan legislation to “ban or ban” foreign tech apps like TikTok.
On Sunday (local time), Democratic US Senator Mark Warner announced that bipartisan legislation would be introduced this week to allow the US government to “ban or ban” foreign technology products, including TikTok, which owns it. Chinese company.
Warner said he and Sen. John Thune will introduce the bill, adding, “I have a broad bipartisan bill that I’m going to introduce with my friend John Thune, and it’s going to be the Republican leader, in which we’re going to say, If foreign technology comes America, we need to take a systemic approach to make sure we can ban or ban if necessary.”
In an interview with Fox News, Warner said, “We’ve never had a potential adversary like China. That’s why this week I’m introducing bipartisan legislation to protect our national security against a wide range of foreign technological threats.”
As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner said TikTok would be among the tech products that could come under scrutiny under the new legislation. The bill comes amid growing concerns that the Chinese government could access the data of TikTok users in the United States.
Warner has been warning of various issues with China for some time. Earlier, he believed that China’s integration into the global order would lead to positive changes, but now he has admitted that this view is wrong, ANI reported. However, he said: “This assumption is simply wrong. China changed its laws back in 2016 to make it clear that every Chinese company’s first obligation is to the Communist Party.”
Commenting on the issue of the United States not being able to accurately assess the threat posed by China, Warner said that the country has never faced an enemy like China. He noted that while Russia was seen as a military or ideological threat, China was focusing on strategic investments in the economic sector.
“They’re stealing $500 billion worth of intellectual property. And we’re competing not only on the basis of national security, but also on the basis of technology. That’s why national security now includes telecommunications, satellites, artificial intelligence and quantum computing. We have to make investments to stay ahead. And I think we’re going to start doing that in a bipartisan way,” Warner told Fox News.
In addition, Warner emphasized the CHIPS bill, which aims to bring semiconductor manufacturing back to the United States.
Is TikTok a propaganda tool?
Warner also expressed his belief that TikTok is a propaganda tool that collects data from US citizens.
“Listen, TikTok isn’t just about having 100 million Americans on TikTok, 90 minutes a day. Even you want that kind of revenue. 90 minutes a day. They’re taking data from Americans, not keeping it safe. But what worries me. The What’s more about TikTok is that it can be a propaganda tool for the videos that you see that promote ideological issues, if you look at what TikTok is showing Chinese kids, which is about science and engineering, versus what our kids are seeing . . , there is a fundamental difference,” Warner said.
On Wednesday, the US House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to give President Joe Biden the authority to ban TikTok in what would be the most comprehensive US ban on any social media app. Last week, the White House ordered government agencies to confirm within 30 days that TikTok is not present on any federal device or system.
In light of security concerns, several states such as Maryland, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas have passed laws prohibiting government agencies from using TikTok.
More than 30 states in the United States, as well as political institutions in Canada and the European Union, have similarly banned the installation of TikTok on state-owned devices.
The Canadian government has also banned the use of TikTok on official electronic devices. According to CNN, the Treasury Department of Canada has announced that government-issued devices will be blocked from downloading TikTok and existing installations of the app will be deleted.
According to the statement: “Following a review of TikTok, Canada’s Chief Information Officer has determined that it poses an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security.”