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TIME’S UP, TIKTOK: GOP Pushes to Ban Chinese App Across Federal Government.

Like Gov. Noem, Lawmakers Push to Protect U.S. from China’s Intelligence Gathering.

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Finally, someone is listening to us…

As previously reported by The Drill Down, Chinese social media app TikTok presents a number of very real, very serious national security concerns; servers are monitored by Chinese employees, the app can track Americans, and a number of Employees have direct ties to the CCP.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem drew first blood in the war against the social media giant last week by banning the use of the app on all state-issued devices; she says South Dakota won’t be a part of any efforts by the red menace to gather data on Americans.

“South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” Noem said in a statement. “The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.”

“Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately. I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well,” she added.

Now, as members of the GOP get ready to grab the gavels, wider, more aggressive bans are being considered for federal government employees; Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who will chair the House Judiciary Committee,  says “we’re working on something right now.”

Meanwhile, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) are trying to introduce legislation that would ban TikTok in the U.S.

“TikTok is a major threat to U.S. national security,” the senators said, adding “unless TikTok and its algorithm can be separated from Beijing, the app’s use in the United States will continue to jeopardize our country’s safety and pave the way for a Chinese-influenced tech landscape here.”

“With this app, Beijing could also collect sensitive national security information from U.S. government employees and develop profiles on millions of Americans to use for blackmail or espionage,” Rubio and Gallagher said.

Sounds like lawmakers are finally wising up about the potential dangers of the Chinese spy app —something former President Trump was rightly sounding the alarm about years ago; and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is ready to admit as much.

“As painful as it is for me to say, if Donald Trump was right and we could’ve taken action then, that’d have been a heck of a lot easier than trying to take action in November of 2022,” Warner told tech site Recode.

“The sooner we bite the bullet, the better.”