Rick Scott backed TikTok ban advances in Senate
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Ban would apply to government employees.

Legislation barring government employees from using the TikTok app moved forward in the Senate Wednesday.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved the legislation, championed by Florida Sen. Rick Scott.

The House of Representatives has already approved similar legislation.

Scott extolled Wednesday’s committee approval.

There’s no reason Americans should subject themselves to security risks posed by Communist China. I’m proud to work with [Sen. Josh Hawley] on this bill to ban TikTok on government devices & I look forward to the full Senate quickly passing it.”

The ban would apply not just to TikTok itself, but also to any successor technology from TikTok parent company ByteDance.

Exceptions would be made, however, for counter-surveillance and intelligence activities, as well as for investigations and disciplinary activity.

For Scott, TikTok represents a fulcrum of issues, including increased Chinese dominance over American life and the seeming inability of Americans to see what is happening.

The Senator has discussed what he sees as the app’s malign influence since March, calling the platform “a risk to our networks and a threat to our national security.”

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

The Senator has been unrelenting in rhetorical criticism of the Chinese Communist Party in the year and a half since he has been in the Senate, making a push in global media to enlist allies in what he has called a “New Cold War” with Beijing.

While Scott’s ban would only apply to devices operated by government employees, one country has already instituted a full-scale ban.

India, as the BBC reported, banned a swath of Chinese apps in June, saying they were “mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India.”

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


2 comments

  • PeterH

    July 23, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Americans agree that TikTok is a top Senate priority with 143,000 dead Americans from COVID-19, the Trump administration sending in Federal storm troopers into once peaceful protest cities, 19% unemployment and $10 trillion added to the National Debt since Trump took office.

  • Bobber

    July 23, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    In two years this pandemic will be a bad memory, the economy will be rebounding and our debt crisis will be manageable, regardless of who is in the White House.
    However, the PRC under it’s current leadership will be even more of a threat to world peace and prosperity.
    I applaud Senator Scott’s vision and foresight in focusing attention on this great threat to us and our allies as I applaud the members of the Senate and House for working across the aisles in sending the CCP a clear message:
    “Cut the crap or suffer the consequences”

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