Republican lawmakers introduce bill to ban TikTok

The social media app TikTok has become a focus of criticism from many conservatives who say it hosts harmful content and does the bidding of China’s communist government.

In a move that is sure to leave millions of users furious, two Republican lawmakers recently announced that they are moving to have TikTok banned. 

Rubio and Gallagher say TikTok gives “extraordinary power” to China

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post this week in which they discussed a bill aimed at outlawing the video platform.

They pointed out that “thanks to the rising number of adults who get their news from TikTok, the platform has the ability to influence which issues Americans learn about, what information they consider accurate, and what conclusions they draw from world events.”

“This places extraordinary power in the hands of company employees who could any day be overruled by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party),” the Republican legislators added.

Rubio and Gallagher are not alone in wanting to see TikTok given the boot, as The Wrap reported in September that German media mogul Mathias Döpfner called for a ban on the app in September.

German media mogul says TikTok is “a tool of espionage”

Döpfner told attendees at Vox Media’s Code Conference in Los Angeles that Western governments are being “naive and dangerous” by allowing TikTok to exist.

“TikTok should be banned in every country,” Döpfner was quoted as saying during a question and answer session with journalist Kara Swisher and New York University Stern School of Business professor Scott Galloway.

“We have at the moment a naïveté with dealing with China…. We hand over personal data to the Chinese government. It is of course a tool of espionage,” he added.

Meanwhile, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has spoken about TikTok with former Air Force chief software officer Nicholas Chaillan.

During an interview this past July, Chaillan noted how the content that TikTok presents to its Chinese audience differs substantially from what is presented to American viewers.

Chaillan stressed that whereas Chinese youth are shown videos which encourage physical fitness and academic achievement, TikTok bombards children in the United States are bombarded with material focused on sexuality and destructive behaviors.