WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senator Mark Warner said on Sunday that two U.S. senators want to present legislation this week that would allow the government to “block or restrict” foreign technology businesses such as Chinese-owned TikTok.
TikTok, according to Warner, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, would be “one of the potentials” for investigation under the measure. On Fox News Sunday, the Democratic senator made the remarks.
The law comes at a time when TikTok is under increased scrutiny amid fears that data on US users might wind up in the hands of the Chinese authorities.
The United States House Foreign Affairs Committee agreed on Wednesday to grant President Joe Biden the authority to ban TikTok, in what would be the most far-reaching restriction on any social media app in the United States.
This Monday, the White House told government organisations 30 days to guarantee that TikTok is not present on any federal devices or systems. More than 30 states in the United States, Canada, and the European Union have also prohibited TikTok from being put onto state-owned devices.
Warner expressed worry that TikTok “may be a propaganda weapon” based on the videos it delivers to viewers.
He said that the measure he intends to present “would say that in terms of foreign technology coming into America, we need to have a methodical way to ensure that we can limit or prohibit it when appropriate.”
He said he expected to propose the proposal alongside Republican Senator John Thune this week. A Warner spokeswoman said that an announcement will be made on Tuesday.