After the administrations of current U.S. President Joe Biden and former Donald Trump shared their concerns about the app and its risks, security concerns continue to dominate TikTok usage in the United States.
Accordingly, bipartisan US lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban the app from operating in the country.
A number of states, including Utah, Maryland, and Texas, have already tried to ban government use of TikTok.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced the legislation Tuesday, and Representative Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican, and Rep. Raja Krishnamurthy, a Democrat of Illinois, introduced the accompanying legislation in the House of Representatives. according to a report for the Axios website.
The proposed law would ban all transactions in the United States of social networks that have at least one million users per month and are based in countries unfriendly to the United States or under its significant influence, such as China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.
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Banned by federal agencies
Notably, last year, US lawmakers proposed a ban on the use of TikTok by federal agencies.
Indeed, the US military, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security have restricted the app’s access to devices under their control.
Another bill introduced this fall would prevent TikTok from allowing employees based in China to access user data of US citizens.