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China Issues Warning to US About Banning TikTok

China is warning that a ban on TikTok would “come back to bite the United States.”

The message was delivered Wednesday by Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin as the House passed legislation, 352-65, that would force the app’s parent company, Chinese-owned ByteDance, to sell the platform or face a ban from U.S. app stores and web hosting services.

“Although the United States has never found evidence that TikTok threatens US national security, it has not stopped suppressing TikTok,” Wang said, according to AFP.

“This kind of bullying behavior that cannot win in fair competition disrupts companies’ normal business activity, damages the confidence of international investors in the investment environment, and damages the normal international economic and trade order,” he continued, referring to The Protecting Americans From Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act.

“In the end, this will inevitably come back to bite the United States itself,” Wang added.

The controversial legislation is dividing Republicans, with 15 representatives voting against the measure Wednesday along with 50 Democrats.

Former President Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has had a major change of tune on the effort to ban TikTok as well, now arguing that doing so would only empower Facebook.

“Frankly, there are a lot of people on TikTok that love it. There are a lot of young kids on TikTok who will go crazy without it. There are a lot of users,” Trump said Monday on CNBC.

“There’s a lot of good and a lot of bad with TikTok. But the thing I don’t like is, without TikTok you can make Facebook bigger. And I consider Facebook to be an enemy of the people, along with the media,” he added.

Trump’s reversal came after meeting with GOP megadonor Jeff Yass, who holds a 15 percent stake in ByteDance.

READ 25 COMMENTS
  • Golda Standard says:

    It is time for the Corporations with production in countries that “warn the USA” to come back to the USA. It is time for the USA to bring back production to the USA in those countries allowing cartel activity at our border. It is time for us to be sure not to support those who warn us or harm us. It is time for full energy production in the USA, once again. Time to prepare to start up.

  • One says:

    Most people in this country are currently blind regarding the political climate, and therefore – poo poo China. Don’t be deceived. China now OWNS the U.S., compliments of decades of infiltration into our Congress, our courts, our open borders, and now owning the White House. It’s only a matter of time. They purposely released the COVID virus, and they’re now in the ‘waiting game’, knowing that 80% of everyone who took the vaccine will be dead w/i the next 2 years, (including our military). Others will be so strung out on fentanyl, they won’t be able to function, and it’s then, (through the U.N.), they will make their move, and (w/o a single shot being fired), ‘take over’ America.

  • southersgolfer says:

    All the more reason to ban it. From what I understand, Kevin O’Leary is interested in buying the platform. I am sure he woud do whatever necessary to clean it up and get rid of the spyware.

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