Most user’s REALLY don’t know or care about the networks China contacts…
But the effort to close down the network in America continues to grow….
One doubts it will be sucessful though….
Critics of the platform now are eyeing new targets in their political crackdown: businesses that partner with TikTok and schools that allow its use on campus.
Earlier this month, Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) voiced concern about ESPN’s decision to let TikTok sponsor halftime shows for its college football coverage, writing in a letter to the company that it “raises serious questions about ESPN corporate decision-making and the risk analysis it conducts when soliciting sponsorships.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) expressed similar concerns in a separate letter to banking giant JPMorgan Chase over its reported partnershipwith TikTok parent company ByteDance to develop payments technology, which he argued could expose consumer data to China.
Meanwhile, federal and state officials are increasingly pushing to limit student and staff access in schools, in part to comply with state restrictions on public institutions….
Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) also told Axios that he is considering legislation to ban not only TikTok but a wider “category of applications” in the United States.
While calls for a sweeping prohibition have some bipartisan support, the bill introduced last Congress drew only a handful of co-sponsors and the other has yet to be unveiled, meaning they are both a long way from passage.
In the meantime, officials appear poised to ratchet up pressure in other discrete areas where TikTok use is prevalent, and to make its corporate partners feel the heat….
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