(NRCC News) – If you’re a big fan of TikTok — you shouldn’t be, by the way — I’ve got some bad news for you. However, if you understand that the social media platform is nothing more than a tool for espionage used by the Chinese Communist Party to gather information on nations across the world, especially the United States, then you’re probably going to love this.
The Daily Caller says the House Republican Conference is now working on a piece of legislation that could end up banning the use of TikTok by federal government employees. Heck, I’m not only okay with this bill, I think the entire app should be booted from the country. As long as it is connected to the CCP, it’s bad news. That’s just a fact.
“We’re working on something right now,” a Republican aide familiar with the matter revealed. It’s being said that the proposal is being put through the Judiciary Committee, which is all set to be led by Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan when the next Congress starts, where the GOP will have the majority in the House.
“The measure comes days after Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota issued an executive order that banned the use of TikTok by all state government employees and contractors using official devices. Her measure follows other bans issued by the U.S. military, Transportation Security Administration and several government agencies individually restricting their personnel from using the app, as well as widespread concerns that TikTok user data is accessed by the Chinese government to engage in malign influence within the United States,” Arjun Singh wrote for the Daily Caller.
.@RepGallagher is right. The time has come to ban TikTok. pic.twitter.com/jOuBmEXlFM
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) November 28, 2022
“Shortly before Noem’s measure, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin on Nov. 10 introduced companion bills in their respective chambers to ban the use of TikTok across the United States. ‘TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. This is not a state-owned enterprise, but in China, no company is truly private. Under the country’s 2017 National Intelligence Law, all citizens and businesses are required to assist in intelligence work, which includes sharing data,’ Rubio said in a press release,” Singh noted.
Former President Donald Trump fought hard to ban TikTok through the use of an executive order across the country back in 2020 while he was still in the White House, unless it was sold to an American company. This was the right course of action because it would have allowed the social media platform to continue to exist, while also stripping the CCP of its power to use it as a tool to influence young people and spy on Americans in important positions.
But while large technology companies like Oracle and Microsoft put in bids to buy the company from ByteDance, they rejected the offers and then sued Trump’s administration to block the ban, obtaining a temporary injunction in November 2020.
Singh stated, “President Joe Biden rescinded Trump’s actions on TikTok in June of 2021, though he charged the Secretary of Commerce with determining whether or not TikTok should be banned in the country. A permanent nationwide ban able to withstand most legal challenges could only be enacted by Congress.”
TikTok is just bad news, ladies and gentlemen. Please be cautious about allowing its use by your children. There have been many dangerous, life threatening “trends” and “challenges” posted on it, such as cooking chicken in Nyquil and then eating it. That’s just one example. There are plenty of others. And that’s aside from the spying being done by the CCP. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
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