According to Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley, TikTok threatens American privacy and harms the mental health of children, leading him to introduce a bill in senate to ban the social media platform.
“(TikTok) is China’s backdoor into Americans’ lives. It threatens our children’s privacy as well as their mental health,” Hawley shared on social media. “Last month Congress banned it on all government devices. Now I will introduce legislation to ban it nationwide.”
A version of Hawley’s bill passed the Senate to ban TikTok on government devices in December. The bill at the time received bipartisan support.
At the time, Hawley compared the social media to a Trojan horse used “for the Chinese Communist Party.”
“It’s a major security risk to the United States, and until it is forced to sever ties with China completely, it has no place on government devices,” Hawley said in a previous statement. “States across the U.S. are banning TikTok on government devices. It’s time for Joe Biden and the Democrats to help do the same.”
A spokesperson for TikTok, Brooke Oberwetter said Hawley’s call for the total ban “takes a piecemeal approach to national security and a piecemeal approach to broad industry issues like data security, privacy, and online harms.”