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Monday, 06 February 2023 12:46 GMT

TikTok to be banned forever in US


(MENAFN) US Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican and China hawk, announced on Tuesday that he would put a bill to forbid TikTok in the United States.

TikTok, whose parent is the Chinese company ByteDance, already faces a restriction that would stop federal staffs from using or downloading TikTok on government-owned devices.

“TikTok is China’s backdoor into Americans’ lives. It threatens our children’s privacy as well as their mental health,” he shared on Twitter. “Now I will introduce legislation to ban it nationwide.”

Hawley did not state when the decision would be applied.

TikTok further declared that Hawley was taking the wrong approach.

“Senator Hawley’s call for a total ban of TikTok takes a piecemeal approach to national security and a piecemeal approach to broad industry issues like data security, privacy and online harms,” on the words of spokeswoman Brooke Oberwetter. “We hope that he will focus his energies on efforts to address those issues holistically, rather than pretending that banning a single service would solve any of the problems he’s concerned about or make Americans any safer.”

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