Congressman Calls for TikTok B, Says the App is ‘Digital Fentanyl.
- Fox News interview: Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher reiterated his support for a national ban against TikTok.
- Gallagher called the social-media app “digital pentanyl” and said it is “addicting our children.”
- Gallagher and Senator Marco Rubio introduced legislation earlier this month to ban the app across the country.
Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher, who called TikTok a “digital heroin” that is “addicting kids,” reaffirmed his call for a nationwide ban.
Gallagher stated, “TikTok must be banned,” during an interview on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. legislation he introduced with Senator Marco RubioIt was done earlier in the month. security concerns over potential user surveillanceEmployees of the China-based app.
Gallagher said that TikTok is digital Fentanyl, which is addictive to our children. “And it goes back to China Communist Party, just like real fentanyl.”
According to data by the Drug Enforcement AgencyChina is the primary source country of fentanyl trafficked into America, although there has not been any direct link between China’s government and illegally entering the country.
While TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based business, the social network has been in controversy for its ties to China Communist Party. platform has been used in collaboration with government officials to spread propaganda.
Last month, additional reports surfaced of an internal team planning to use location information gathered from US users of the TikTok app for surveillanceAmerican citizens.
“Tiktok is owned by ByteDance, ByteDance is controlled by the CCP, that means the CCP can track your location, it can track your keystrokes, it can censor your news — why would we give our foremost adversary that amount of power?” Gallagher also added.
Security concerns at TikTok have been the subject of long-term scrutiny from both sides: Trump administration proposing a total ban2020 app, while 2021 will see the Biden administration promised a security reviewApps that are owned by foreign companies. It has yet to publish its results.
In op-ed published in The Washington PostGallagher, Rubio and others called TikTok a “major risk to US national safety” earlier in the month. They urged Congress and Congress to take appropriate action against the app. According to TikTok, it has been the most downloaded app in America since 2021. data by TechCrunch.
Insider asked for comment from Rep. Gallagher, Sen. Rubio, and Rep. Gallagher but they did not respond immediately.
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