If a measure introduced by a US senator is passed, TikTok might be difficult to access in the United States. This might be the most robust social media access law in the country.
Senator Josh Hawley of California has introduced legislation to prohibit TikTok in the United States, claiming that the app is "China's backdoor into Americans' lives." The Republican senator claimed in a recent tweet that the app jeopardizes children's privacy and mental health, and wants to introduce legislation to prohibit it across the country.
Hawley has criticized TikTok for the first time in terms of American security. According to The Guardian, TikTok was a "Trojan horse" for the Chinese Communist party in April 2022.
According to Reuters, TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter responded to Hawley's claim that the politician's call for a nationwide ban on the app would not affect the issues he mentioned in his letter. Oberwetter believes that banning social media is not the answer to ensuring safety in America.
Oberwetter also posted a Twitter thread claiming that the Chinese government has no influence over TikTok, the parent company. She said that anyone may access the app and view videos that criticize the Chinese government, something that is illegal in China.
The government has stepped up its efforts to protect TikTok. It was reported by The Guardian that the US government would ban the installation of the TikTok app on government devices in 2022. Back in 2020, former President Donald Trump attempted to prohibit the app in the United States but failed.
TikTok reported that it has over 80 million registered users from the United States. It was not revealed when the bill would be implemented or how it would be enforced. Until then, avid users will not have to worry about losing access to the app.