Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) says “we’re working on something right now.”
House Republicans are looking to follow the lead of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and ban Chinese social media app TikTok from all federal government devices; the proposal is gaining momentum in the Senate as well.
From Town Hall:
The measure is being proposed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and is going through the Judiciary Committee. “We’re working on something right now,” a Republican aide said.
This comes after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) and Sen. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) vowed to introduce legislation to ban TikTok in the U.S., warning that the widely popular social media platform could give the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) the ability to “subtly indoctrinate American citizens.”
“TikTok is a major threat to U.S. national security,” the senators said, adding “unless TikTok and its algorithm can be separated from Beijing, the app’s use in the United States will continue to jeopardize our country’s safety and pave the way for a Chinese-influenced tech landscape here.”
“With this app, Beijing could also collect sensitive national security information from U.S. government employees and develop profiles on millions of Americans to use for blackmail or espionage,” Rubio and Gallagher said.
Last week, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem banned the app on all state-issued devices.
“South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” Noem said in a statement. “The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.”
“Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately. I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well,” she added.
More over at Town Hall:
House GOP Looking to Ban TikTok Across Federal Government https://t.co/c3eMHPd9Zf
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