Time’s up for TikTok? Rick Scott backs U.S. ban
Republicnas are trying hard to ban the app TikToc.

tik tok
Shut 'em down, says Senator.

A U.S. Senator from Florida hopes something is done to curb the pernicious influence of TikTok, and indications are he may get his wish.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the U.S. is “certainly looking at” a ban on the social media platform, popular with the young — and allegedly employed by the Chinese Communist Party for data mining.

While TikTok claims it doesn’t divulge user data to Beijing, those assurances aren’t enough for Sen. Rick Scott.

“Every American must understand the risk from apps including TikTok that are used by the Chinese Gov’t to spy on Americans. That’s why I introduced a bill that would ban TikTok on US government phones. I’m glad Secretary Pompeo & the Administration are taking this threat seriously,” the Senator tweeted Tuesday.

For Scott, TikTok represents the fulcrum of issues, including increased Chinese dominance over American life and the seeming inability of Americans to see what is happening. But the legislation he referenced is in fact more modest than the Pompeo proviso.

“The use of apps like TikTok by federal employees on government devices is a risk to our networks and a threat to our national security, and I’m proud to join Senator Hawley to put an end to it. We should all be very concerned about the threat of Communist China, and I hope my colleagues will join me to implement this ban immediately and protect our national security,” Scott said in March.

The Senator has contended that every Chinese citizen is required by law to spy on behalf of the CCP.

As well, he has repeatedly insisted that a “New Cold War” is in play between Beijing and Washington.

While the Trump Administration hasn’t embraced that phrasing, a TikTok ban would show some seriousness from the White House, albeit at the expense of diversion for America’s youth.

If the U.S. does institute a ban, it will follow India, which recently issued its own prohibition on the app, as tensions roil between the two Asian powers.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


One comment

  • BlueHeron

    July 7, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    “As well, he has repeatedly insisted that a “New Cold War” is in play between Beijing and Washington.”

    Senator Scott, these could not be more incendiary words to be using and YOU should not be speaking out on behalf of the US in this regard. Just STOP TALKING.

    As for TikTok, banning that app will cause you more problems from the millions of users than China ever would. They’re a group you don’t want to mess with.
    Payback is a bitch if you mess with them.

    Just hush yourself and keep yourself busy protecting monuments from the mobs of terrorists and looking under your bed for evil-doers.

Comments are closed.


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Daniel Figueroa, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Joe Henderson, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Mike Wright, and Tristan Wood.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704




Sign up for Sunburn


Categories