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New legislation that seeks to prohibit TikTok from operating in the US has been proposed by some US lawmakers.
The latest action by US policymakers to target the Chinese-owned short-form video app is reflected in the new measure introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio, the senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and a bipartisan pair of congressman in the House.
There have been reports that TikTok lacks ability to safeguard US user data from the Chinese government.
The proposed legislation on Tuesday December 13, would “block and prohibit all transactions” in the United States by social media companies with at least one million monthly users that are based in, or under the “substantial influence” of, countries that are 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 for the purposes of the legislation.
TikTok usage by federal agencies, and Rubio introduced a bill that would force some app makers to disclose ownership information.
Already, the US military, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security have restricted TikTok from devices under their control.