The House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party has introduced a bill to prevent app store availability or web hosting services in the U.S. for ByteDance-controlled applications, including TikTok. The Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act says TikTok must sever ties to entities like ByteDance that are subject to the control of a foreign adversary.

Chairman of the Committee Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) said:

This is my message to TikTok: break up with the Chinese Communist Party or lose access to your American users. America’s foremost adversary has no business controlling a dominant media platform in the United States. TikTok’s time in the United States is over unless it ends its relationship with CCP-controlled ByteDance.

Ranking Member Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) said:

So long as it is owned by ByteDance and thus required to collaborate with the CCP, TikTok poses critical threats to our national security. Our bipartisan legislation would protect American social media users by driving the divestment of foreign adversary-controlled apps to ensure that Americans are protected from the digital surveillance and influence operations of regimes that could weaponize their personal data against them. Whether it’s Russia or the CCP, this bill ensures the President has the tools he needs to press dangerous apps to divest and defend Americans’ security and privacy against our adversaries.

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