US Senators are working on legislation to prohibit TikTok and other foreign technologies

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This week, senators from both parties will introduce legislation that, if passed, would outlaw TikTok by preventing the use of technology that is owned overseas and constitutes a danger to national security.

During his appearance on “Fox News Sunday with Shannon Bream,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, was questioned by Bream about the upcoming hearing of the committee on worldwide threat assessments as well as the threats that are posed by China.

According to Warner, “I think for a long time, common thought was that the more you bring China into the international order, the more they’re going to change, and that notion was just plain incorrect.”

Warner then went on to explain the actions that Congress has already taken to limit the presence of Chinese technologies in the United States. He continued by saying, “This week, I’ve got a broad bipartisan bill that I’m launching with my friend John Thune, who will be the Republican lead, where we’re going to say, in terms of foreign technology coming into America, we’ve got to have a systemic approach to make sure we can ban or prohibit it when necessary.”


This week in the Senate, new legislation will be proposed to prohibit the use of TikTok and other technologies controlled by foreign entities that are seen to be a threat to national security. (Picture by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto and used with permission from Getty Images/Getty Images)

Bream questioned Warner about whether or not this pertains to TikTok, and the senator responded by stating that this indicates that TikTok is one of the potentials. TikTok is owned by a parent company called ByteDance, which is based in China. Warner mentioned that Chinese companies are required to obey the Chinese Communist Party in accordance with a law that was passed in 2016.

Warner shed light on the fact that there are “100 million Americans using TikTok for an average of 90 minutes a day, as well as the statement that “They are getting data from People, but they are not keeping it safe.” But what bothers me more with TikTok is that this may be a propaganda tool to basically – the sort of videos you see would support ideological problems.”


It is expected that Senator Mark Warner, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, would collaborate with Senator John Thune to submit legislation that, if passed, may result in TikTok being banned in the United States. 

He also addressed accusations that the variety of content that is displayed to users of TikTok in the United States is substantially different from that which is displayed to users in China: If you compare what American children see on TikTok to what Chinese children view on the platform, you will see a significant gap between the two sets of content. The former focuses heavily on technical and scientific topics.

It is anticipated that Warner and Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, will formally propose their proposal sometime this week. On Sunday, there was no information available regarding the provisions that will be included in the upcoming legislation; however, given the non-partisan nature of the proposal and the leadership roles that both senators play in the body, it is possible that the bill will be rushed to the floor of the Senate this year.


Because of potential threats to the nation’s security, members of Congress in the United States are exploring the possibility of passing legislation that would outlaw the usage of the app TikTok. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images / Getty Images)

TikTok has responded to moves to ban the app in the United States, which have been made in response to national worries over the service’s ties to China.

A TikTok spokesperson told FOX Business: “We have high hopes that the United States Congress will look into ways to address their national security concerns that won’t result in the silencing of the opinions of millions of Americans, and we have high hopes that politicians who are concerned about national security will encourage the administration to complete its national security review of TikTok. A ban on TikTok in the United States would be a restriction on the export of American culture and values to the more than one billion people who use our service in other parts of the world.”

The Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted in favor of a bill late last week that would give the administration of Vice President Joe Biden greater authority to prohibit the use of applications such as TikTok and others that are regarded to be a threat to national security. The proposal was advanced by the committee by a vote of 24 to 16 that was strictly along party lines. It is still unknown when the measure will be brought up for a vote on the floor of the House.

As required by a provision of the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that was enacted in December, federal agencies are currently in the process of deleting TikTok from government devices. This provision was originally approved by the Senate when it was introduced as a standalone bill by Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri. In December, the provision was included in the omnibus spending bill.

By the 27th of February in 2023, the No TikTok on Government Devices Act must have been implemented, since the legislation mandated that the Office of Management and Budget of the former administration of Joe Biden offer guidelines to the various government departments. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its guidelines on February 27, which offers agencies a period of thirty days during which they can delete or restrict TikTok and construct limited exceptions for the sake of law enforcement or national security objectives, as is authorized by the law.

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