Senate Democrats Halt TikTok Ban: Turns Out They're Addicted Too!

By Maria Angelino | Sunday, 07 April 2024 08:30 AM
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TikTok, the popular social media platform, has been accused of being a tool for the Chinese Communist Party's espionage, a promoter of gender and race extremism, and a medium for left-wing journalists to disseminate misinformation.

This has led to a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives, aimed at forcing the sale of TikTok to owners who are not affiliated with the Chinese government. If such a sale is not possible, the bill proposes to ban the app entirely.

However, progressive Democrats in Congress, including Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.), the youngest member of Congress, have expressed opposition to the bill. Frost, known for his leftist views, responded to the House vote on the bill with a resounding "I'm a 'hell no.'" Despite his opposition, the bill passed in the House with a significant bipartisan majority, 352-65.

Yet, this has not deterred left-wing opponents of the bill, who continue to argue against it. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Commerce Committee, expressed reservations about the bill, stating, "It's important to get it right." Similarly, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) expressed the need for a more systematic approach, rather than singling out one company.

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) also voiced concerns about the potential damage of moving too quickly without all the facts. It is worth noting that all three senators have received campaign contributions from TikTok lobbyists.

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On the East Coast, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) expressed concerns about targeting one company for practices that are common among other social media platforms. While it is true that many social media companies collect user data, critics argue that TikTok is unique in its role as a soft-power espionage and propaganda tool for the Chinese government.

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Critics of the Democrats' opposition to the bill argue that their stance is a result of their reliance on TikTok as a platform for promoting their policies and recruiting young supporters. They suggest that without TikTok, the American left would lose a powerful tool for disseminating its messages.

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Despite the bipartisan support for the House bill, Senate Democrats are expected to attempt to water it down when the Easter recess ends. Critics argue that this would represent another victory for Beijing, further highlighting the ongoing controversy surrounding TikTok's alleged ties to the Chinese government.

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