Senators from both parties are coming together to introduce bipartisan legislation aimed at limiting or prohibiting foreign technology, including the Chinese social media app TikTok, from entering the United States.
According to a report by Breitbart News, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Sen. John Thune (R-SD) will introduce the measure this week, which would provide a "systemic approach" to blocking or restricting foreign technology as appropriate.
The announcement from Senator Warner comes after the US House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation last week that would give President Joe Biden the authority to ban TikTok and other Chinese apps across the country.
The bill passed with a 24 to 16 vote, with Republicans and Democrats voting in favor and against the measure.
“They are taking data from Americans, not keeping it safe, but what worries me more with TikTok is that this could be a propaganda tool. The kind of videos you see would promote ideological issues,” said while going on while acknowledging that over 100 million Americans are on the popular video-sharing app 90 minutes a day.
“If you look at what TikTok shows to the Chinese kids, which is all about science and engineering, versus what our kids see, there’s a radical difference,” he added.
TikTok has faced scrutiny from US officials, with concerns raised about the app's data collection practices and potential national security risks. The Biden administration recently issued a directive giving all government entities 30 days to remove TikTok from government equipment, citing security concerns.
Last year, legislation was passed to address national security concerns related to foreign technology. The Biden administration was given 60 days to enforce the law, which has led to the recent directive to remove TikTok from government equipment.
However, the legislation has faced resistance from some Democrats, who are concerned about the impact on free speech and competition.
The upcoming legislation from Senators Warner and Thune is expected to take a "systemic approach" to limit or prohibit foreign technology, including TikTok, from entering the United States as appropriate.
TikTok is expected to be one of the targets of the legislation, given the concerns raised about its data collection practices and potential national security risks.
If the bill passes the Republican-controlled House and advances to the Senate, the Democrat-controlled upper house will have to pass some form of it, which some Democrats will almost certainly resist. If it passes Congress, President Joe Biden will have to decide whether to sign it or veto it.
TikTok has faced numerous obstacles from US officials in recent years. Some governors have declared that TikTok and other Chinese-linked companies will be barred from appearing on state government equipment.
When then-President Donald Trump's administration attempted to ban TikTok in 2020, the Chinese social media app's parent company divested the platform to an American corporation.