US Senator Mark Warner said, Sunday, March 5, 2023, that he and another senator intend to introduce a bill aimed at allowing the US government to “ban or prevent” foreign technology products, such as the TikTok platform owned by a Chinese company .
Warner, who is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, added that TikTok “may be among” the technology products that would be subject to review under the law. The Democratic senator made these remarks to Fox News.
Concerns about the application of Tik Tok in America
The bill comes at a time when TikTok is under intense pressure over concerns that US users’ data could eventually reach the Chinese government.
In the same context, the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee has agreed to give President Joe Biden the authority to ban TikTok, in what would be the most far-reaching US restriction on a social media application.
While the White House gave government agencies 30 days to ensure that there is no TikTok application on any of the devices or systems of the federal government. More than 30 US states, Canada, institutions and European Union policies have also banned downloading TikTok on any government devices.
Senator Warner declared that he will introduce a bill this week, with Republican Sen. John Thune as his co-sponsor, which requires the United States to impose stricter measures on foreign technology entering America. This legislation is essential in order to protect our national security and preserve the integrity of American businesses.
Bill against Tik Tok in America
In December 2022, the US Senate passed a bill to prevent federal employees from using TikTok on government-owned devices.
As The Wall Street Journal reported, “The Senate unanimously passed a bill banning federal employees from downloading or using the TikTok app on government devices.” She pointed out that the Senate previously passed a similar bill in Congress, but it was not put to a vote in the House of Representatives.
For her part, Olivia Dalton, deputy press secretary for the White House, said in a press briefing: “We will continue to look at other actions that we can take. This includes how to work with Congress on this issue further.”
While more than half of US states have taken steps to “partially or completely ban” the app on government agencies, according to local media.