Donald Trump Reverses Himself, Questions Ban On TikTookay | EUROtoday

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WASHINGTON ― Former President Donald Trump raised issues over efforts to ban the social media app TikTookay this week, showing to stroll again the place he held in 2020, when he threatened to ban the app himself.

“If you get rid of TikTok, Facebook and Zuckerschmuck will double their business,” the presumptive 2024 GOP presidential nominee wrote on his social media platform on Thursday, referring to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Trump mentioned he didn’t need Facebook to “d[o] better,” calling the corporate “a true Enemy of the People.”

The Republican-controlled House is about to vote on a invoice subsequent week that may ban the video platform, now utilized by over 100 million Americans, if its Chinese mother or father firm ByteDance fails to divest its possession inside six months or so.

The laws was authorized by a uncommon 50-0 vote within the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, regardless of a last-minute lobbying effort by TikTookay that urged customers to name lawmakers’ workplaces in protest.

Lawmakers on either side of the aisle fear TikTookay poses a risk to U.S. nationwide safety due to its ties to Beijing. They even have issues with its knowledge privateness given its recognition with younger customers, lots of whom are minors.

“If you value your personal freedom and privacy online, if you care about America’s national security at home, and, yes, even if you want TikTok to stick around in the United States — this bill offers the only real step towards each of these goals,” Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), the chair of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party and one of many authors of the laws, mentioned this week.

It’s not clear why Trump appeared to rethink his place on banning TikTookay. Some commentators famous he not too long ago hosted GOP megadonor Jeff Yass, who’s a billionaire investor in ByteDance, at his Mar-a-Lago membership and sought his help within the presidential race.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), an outspoken China critic and supporter of Trump, mentioned he disagreed with the previous president’s feedback about TikTookay.

“I’m not a fan of Facebook, but TikTok is a qualitatively different deal. It’s a backdoor for the Communist Chinese party,” Hawley mentioned Friday.

Meanwhile, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), one other populist Trump ally within the Senate, mentioned Congress must also deal with regulating tech media corporations broadly “as opposed to carving out just one of them.”

“I think we ought to do something about TikTok, but I think we also ought to do something about Google,” Vance added.

President Joe Biden instructed reporters on Friday that he would signal the laws if it reaches his desk, nevertheless it first should clear each chambers of Congress. In the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has mentioned comparable laws “should be looked at,” although he didn’t supply a dedication to convey it to the ground throughout an ABC News interview final month.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) additionally criticized a possible ban on TikTookay, citing issues with free speech.

“If Congress bans TikTok, they will be acting just like the Chinese communists who have also banned TikTok,” Paul wrote on X, previously Twitter. “Why not just defend the first amendment?”