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The app, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, could be used to spy on Americans following a surge of states banning the app.

Marco Rubio

The senator called for a nationwide ban on the toy.

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The act only refers to TikTok, but it would prohibit and block all transactions from any social media company in China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.

The companion legislation was sponsored by the two congressmen.

A Forbes article and a New York Times article found that many of the directors of ByteDance were previously employed by Chinese state media.

ByteDance didn't reply to a request from Forbes.

"All of these things are in the hands of a government that doesn't share our values and that has a mission that's very much at odds with what's in the best interests of the United States."


The accounts were run by the Chinese government and were used to attack U.S. politicians before the election.

Key Background

The rising popularity of TikTok in the U.S. has drawn scrutiny for a long time. Donald Trump signed an executive order in 2020 that sought to ban TikTok and other Chinese-owned messaging apps, but the order was later blocked by a federal judge. Public Citizen called on the Federal Trade Commission and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to investigate TikTok's parent company after concerns over the app's access to user data. Utah, Texas, South Dakota, Maryland and Alabama are just a few of the states that have banned the app from government devices. ByteDance has been accused of violating state consumer protection laws and deceiving users with its age rating in app stores.

Alabama is the latest state to ban the app due to security concerns.

On TikTok, Chinese State Media pushes videos about U.S. politicians.