MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Chu Votes to Require ByteDance to Sell TikTok

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Judy Chu (CA2-27)

Legislation would force the parent company to sell TikTok to American company or one headquartered in non-adversarial nation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House of Representatives voted 35265-1 to pass H.R. 7521, the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. 

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-28) released the following statement: 

The U.S. has a long history of regulating the foreign ownership of critical public utilities, particularly in the telecommunications sector. That is because our government has long recognized the potential for misuse, propaganda, censorship, and election interference when foreign adversaries control the content that Americans see and hear on their televisions and radios. This bill follows that precedent by extendingthis same principle to the internet-based technologies that are the predominant methods by which millions of Americans get their news and entertainment today. And unlike with older forms of telecommunications technology, the operators of apps like TikTok also collect and use enormous amounts of personal data from their users, as well as have the power to influence their algorithms.  

That is why I voted yes on this legislation, which would not ban TikTok but rather require ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, to sell it to an American company or another headquartered in a non-adversarial country. As long as that process occurs, Americans can continue to use the application with no interruption in service.I acknowledge and share some of the concerns raised by my colleagues about the impact of this bill on free expression and the singling out of a specific company. But after consideration, I chose to vote yes because I believe this bill will preserve Americans’ ability to use the service while protecting our data and national security. That is why President Biden has stated he supports this legislation and would sign it into law.”