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Senator Josh Hawley: China's TikTok should be banned in US

Robert Besser
29 Jan 2023, 13:50 GMT+10

WASHINGTON D.C.: Republican US Senator Josh Hawley has said that he plans to introduce a bill to ban the use of Chinese video app TikTok in the US.

US federal employees will soon be banned from using or downloading TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance, on government-owned devices.

"TikTok is China's backdoor into Americans' lives. It threatens our children's privacy, as well as their mental health. Now I will introduce legislation to ban it nationwide," Hawley said on Twitter, though he did not say when the bill would be introduced.

In a statement, TikTok's Brooke Oberwetter said 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," she said.

"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 is concerned about or make Americans any safer," she added.

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