US lawmakers unveiled a bill to restrict the popular Chinese-owned app TikTok in the US.
According to CNNThe new bill, introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and a bipartisan pair of members of Congress in the House, underscores US policymakers’ recent spat with China.
A short-form video app has come under fire from the Chinese government for protecting US user data.
The proposed law would “block and prohibit all transactions” in the United States by social media companies with at least 1 million monthly users that are in or under “substantial influence” from countries that have Considered foreign adversaries, including China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.
The bill specifically names TikTok and its parent, ByteDance, as social media companies because of the legislation.
Previously, TikTok has maintained that it does not share information with the Chinese government.