March 12, 2024

TikTok

“The U.S. House of Representatives will fast-track a vote [this] week on legislation that would give China's ByteDance six months to divest from short video app TikTok or face a U.S. ban after a committee unanimously approved the measure [last] Thursday… White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre [last] Wednesday praised the proposal, saying the administration wants ‘to see this bill get done so it can get to the president's desk.’” Reuters

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Monday that TikTok was a national security threat but also said that a ban on the popular app would hurt some kids and only strengthen Meta Platforms' Facebook, which the Republican has harshly criticized… ‘If you ban TikTok, (then) Facebook and others, but mostly Facebook, will be a big beneficiary. And I think Facebook has been very dishonest.’” Reuters

See past issues

From the Right

The right supports the bill, arguing that TikTok is a propaganda tool for the Chinese government.

From the Left

The left is skeptical of the bill, arguing that there is insufficient evidence to justify such a drastic measure.

The left is skeptical of the bill, arguing that there is insufficient evidence to justify such a drastic measure.

A libertarian's take

“This bill — should it pass and should TikTok refuse to divest — would result in the largest removal of speech in US history, and by several orders of magnitude. Other notorious instances of government infringement affected far fewer people, from the two dozen writers sanctioned under the Alien and Sedition Acts to the several thousand readers who lost access to Communist newspapers because of postal service restrictions during the Second Red Scare. There is simply no precedent for the sheer quantity of speech involved…

“Given the immense potential consequences, one would think that the bill’s authors would have proffered some hard evidence of Chinese government surveillance using American TikTok data. They have not.”
Paul Matzko, Cato Institute

Get troll-free political news.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.