April 22, 2024

House Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Ban TikTok in U.S.

House Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Ban TikTok in U.S.

The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would ban TikTok if they do not sell the company from its Chinese parent company.

The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would ban TikTok if they do not sell the company from its Chinese parent company.

The House voted 352-61-1 H.R. 7521, Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. The bill featured 15 Republicans against the bill, 50 Democrats against it, showing that there is strong bipartisan interest in curbing TikTok’s apparent national security threat.

The vote on the TikTok bill was controversial for Republicans and represented a split between those who were concerned about the national security implications of allowing a Chinese-owned application to be used by millions of Americans, those who were concerned that the app’s ban may empower big tech companies such as Google and Facebook.

In the best-selling book Blood Money: Why the Powerful Turn a Blind Eye While China Kills AmericansBreitbart News senior contributor and GAI President Peter Schweizer exposed restricted  military journal entries showing how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) views the app as a psychological warfare weapon aimed squarely at America’s youth:

In one of the restricted journals, Colonel Dai Xu, a professor at China’s top military academy, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) National Defense University (PLA-NDU), wrote that the real battle between the United States and China is “information-driven mental warfare” and compared apps such as TikTok and social media platforms to a “modern day Trojan Horse.”

TikTok’s popularity blew up in part thanks to entertainment-industry celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, who plugged it on-air without disclosing a partnership with a Chinese company seeking to grow interest in the app.

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) said, “TikTok is a CCP spy app. Plain and simple. House Republicans just passed a nonpartisan bill protecting Americans’ data by sending a clear message: TikTok must sever ties with the CCP or lose its access to American users.”

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Sen. Rand Paul breaks from colleagues in opposing TikTok ban | On Balance

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would require Chinese-based ByteDance to either sell TikTok or face the app getting banned in the U.S. There has been speculation about whether the app poses a threat to national security. Sen.

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Citizen Free Press on Twitter: “Raheem Kassam summarizes the Tiktok controversy in 90 seconds.’This is exactly the concise bill that Republicans wanted in 2019.’What changed. Club for Growth and Jeff Yass are now buying support.The biggest lobbying effort in decades.pic.twitter.com/JToQFTe0nY / Twitter”

Raheem Kassam summarizes the Tiktok controversy in 90 seconds.’This is exactly the concise bill that Republicans wanted in 2019.’What changed. Club for Growth and Jeff Yass are now buying support.The biggest lobbying effort in decades.pic.twitter.com/JToQFTe0nY


Rand Paul backed by GOP donor with $33B TikTok stake

Rand Paul backed by GOP donor with $33B TikTok stake

Sen. Rand Paul’s heated opposition to a TikTok ban startled Capitol Hill last week, but you could look at it as a straightforward case of following the money, according to insiders.

Sen. Rand Paul’s heated opposition to a TikTok ban startled Capitol Hill last week, but you could look at it as a straightforward case of following the money, according to insiders – in this case, the money of a major GOP donor who has $33 billion on the line.

The gentleman from Kentucky – who has made his career partly as a China hawk – surprised colleagues on the Senate floor last week when he blocked Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley’s hopes for fast-tracked legislation to ban TikTok.

“Speech is protected whether you like it or not,” Rand said, jumping on Hawley’s proposal as soon as he stopped speaking. “Have faith that our desire for freedom is strong enough to survive a few dance videos.”

Sources claim credit for Paul’s impassioned speech should go to GOP mega donor Jeffrey Yass.

The billionaire CEO of Susquehanna Financial Group has given Paul more than $10 million since 2020, according to election filings.

His fund also owns a 15% stake in TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, that’s worth an estimated $33 billion.

While Susquehanna investors generally benefit from the ByteDance stake, Yass is the majority owner, according to ProPublica, which last summer published a major piece on how Yass has managed to avoid $1 billion in taxes with the help of creative trading strategies.

“My opposition to censorship and my unwavering support for the First Amendment are consistent, deeply held libertarian beliefs,” Sen. Paul told The Post in a statement. “Anyone who asserts that my positions are mercantile hasn’t been paying attention.”  

A spokesperson for Yass declined to comment. A source close to Yass notes he has been a long standing supporter of libertarian causes — and that those commitments predate any concerns about banning TikTok. 

Nevertheless, Paul’s opposition to Hawley’s TikTok ban generated headlines suggesting it might be the first time Paul and Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — another vocal supporter of TikTok — actually agreed on anything.

Paul isn’t the only conservative in Washington who appears to have Yass’s talking points.

Last month, David McIntosh, president of the right-leaning Club for Growth, penned an op-ed, “Banning TikTok sounds tempting. Here’s why it’s all wrong,” in which he argued a ban was being backed by Big Tech and would restrict freedom.

Club for Growth has received nearly $3 million from Yass in the last five years alone, according to election filings.

Also last month, Jennifer Huddleston, a policy research fellow at the Cato Institute – where Yass has been on the executive advisory council since 2001 — wrote in an op-ed for USA Today, “Should the US ban TikTok? Here’s why blocking it isn’t a good idea,” in which, like Sen. Paul, she argues that a ban “could raise significant questions about the First Amendment rights of TikTok’s American users.”

Elsewhere, John Tamny, vice president at FreedomWorks – which got a $15,000 donation from Yass and, with his help, hosted an event on the importance of economic freedom – argued that a TikTok ban would be “dangerous.” 

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Fox’s Kilmeade, Rand Paul Throw Down Over TikTok Ban

Fox’s Kilmeade, Rand Paul Throw Down Over TikTok Ban, China Ownership: ‘You Just Told a Lie, Brian!’

@AmericaNewz-qq9nm Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) threw down in a heated exchange on Thursday about a TikTok ban in the United States and whether or not it’s accurate to say the social media app is controlled by China.

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Real America’s Voice (RAV) on Twitter: “Laura Loomer Says Two U.S. Senators Are Willing to Sell Us Out For A Max DonationU.S. Sen. Randy Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) oppose a ban on TikTok because they say it violates freedom of expression. But Investigative Journalist @LauraLoomer told Steve Bannon she… pic.twitter.com/LOFK842Aaa / Twitter”

Laura Loomer Says Two U.S. Senators Are Willing to Sell Us Out For A Max DonationU.S. Sen. Randy Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) oppose a ban on TikTok because they say it violates freedom of expression. But Investigative Journalist @LauraLoomer told Steve Bannon she… pic.twitter.com/LOFK842Aaa


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