Two US senators plan to introduce legislation this week aimed at allowing the government to “ban or ban” foreign technology products such as Chinese-owned TikTok, Senator Mark Warner said on Sunday.
Warner, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said TikTok was “one of the capabilities” to be reviewed under the bill. The Democratic senator made the comments on Fox News on Sunday.
The bill comes at a time when TikTok is under intense pressure over concerns that US user data could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.
The US House Foreign Affairs Committee voted on Wednesday to give President Joe Biden the authority to ban TikTok, the US’s most far-reaching ban on any social media app.
The White House last week gave government agencies 30 days to ensure that TikTok is not on any federal devices and systems. More than 30 US states, Canada and European Union policy bodies have banned TikTok from being loaded on government-owned devices.
Warner also expressed concern that TikTok “could become a propaganda tool” based on the type of videos it sends to users.
He said the bill he plans to introduce “will ensure that, in terms of foreign technology coming into the United States, we have a systematic approach to making sure that we can ban or prohibit it when necessary.”
He said he plans to introduce the legislation this week with Republican Senator John Thune. A spokesman for Warner said an announcement was expected on Tuesday.
Details of the proposed bill were not available Sunday. A spokesperson for Thune did not immediately respond to questions about the plan.
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