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Speaker Kevin McCarthy says House to advance nationwide TikTok ban

The social media video app has been banned on most federal devices.

Published: March 27, 2023 2:24pm

Updated: March 27, 2023 3:30pm

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that Congress will move forward with legislation to ban TikTok over concerns that China is accessing U.S. user data. 

"It's very concerning that the CEO of TikTok can't be honest and admit what we already know to be true — China has access to TikTok user data," McCarthy tweeted Sunday after TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified earlier in the week. "The House will be moving forward with legislation to protect Americans from the technological tentacles of the Chinese Communist Party."

That same day, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said that the White House is "very in favor" of his bipartisan bill that would give the Commerce Department the power to review and possibly ban technology such as TikTok.

The social media video app has been banned on most federal devices, while most states have taken action to ban the platform on state-owned devices.

McCarthy also said last week that the hearing with Chew was "very concerning."

FBI Director Christopher Wray warned earlier this month that TikTok's parent company ByteDance was subject to data requests from the Chinese government and that the app poses a U.S. national security risk.

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