U.S Senator calls for TikTok removal in app stores
Has TikTok been banned in the USA?
TikTok users across the United States of America are on red alert yet again after bills were introduced into the Senate to ban the app from operating in the country, as well as a bill to ban it on government devices
Over the last few years, various members of the US government has made it clear that they do not want TikTok to operate inside of the United States of America.
This is largely due to being owned by ByteDance, a China based company, which members of the Senate believe may share information with the Chinese Government and spy on its users.
Following in the footsteps of New York and seven other states , the US senate called for a ban on any device issued by United States Federal Agencies.
First introduced over a year ago, the bill was voted on and passed on December 14, 2022, and will presumably make its way to the House of Representatives to be decided on there.
Should it make its way through the house, it will be sent to President Biden to be made into law. If it does make it that far, however, it does not mean TikTok will be banned from operating in the US.
On December 13, 2022 Two US Senators introduced a bill that would ban the platform from operating in the US entirely because of its links to Beijing.
Formerly titled “The Averting the National Threat of Internet Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and Influence and Algorithmic Learning by the Chinese Communist Party Act,” the law would prohibit TikTok as well as other social media companies that have ties to China, Russia, and several other “foreign countries of concern.
On January 25, 2023, Senator Josh Hawley renewed the campaign by introducing his own bill that would ban TikTok across the USA.
Coming to February 2, 2023 US Senator Michael Bennet wrote a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing his concerns about TikTok being on their respective app stores.
In the letter, Bennet is calling for both CEOs to remove TikTok entirely — making it so users will not be able to download the app at all.
They have yet to reply to his ask, but we’ll be sure to update you when or if they do in the future.
At the time of writing, the government in the United States of America has not announced a ban on TikTok in the country – despite concerns about data sharing with the Chinese government.
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