Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Pressure is mounting from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress to pass a national ban on TikTok, the social video app owned by Chinese company ByteDance which has already been banned on federal devices and some college campuses over privacy concerns. Key Facts TikTok has faced calls for bans from critics who fear China may use the platform to access the data of American users. Criticisms of the social platform intensified in the fall after reports revealed ByteDance repeatedly accessed U.S. user data and planned to use TikTok to track the location of specific American citizens ( including Forbes journalists ). ByteDance previously denied it had used TikTok to “target” journalists or public figures, but after an internal investigation revealed employees tracked journalists covering the company, it fired its chief internal auditor who led the team orchestrating the surveillance. … [Read more...] about Will TikTok Be Banned From The U.S.? Here’s Where It Stands.
AFP Washington, United States ● Wed, February 8, 2023 2023-02-08 13:44 0 3275b959b181a76145a04d61984d0064 2 Americas China,US,geopolitics,Joe-Biden,conflict,tension,Xi-Jinping,Antony-Blinken Free President Joe Biden vowed Tuesday he would not hesitate to defend US interests against China after he ordered the downing of a suspected surveillance balloon but, delivering his State of the Union address, kept the door open to cooperation. In the annual speech to assembled lawmakers, many of whom have pressed for a hard line on China, Biden called for US investment in the military, technology and alliances to take on the country widely viewed as the chief US competitor. "I'm committed to work with China where it can advance American interests and benefit the world," Biden said. "But make no mistake about it -- as we made clear last week, if China threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country. And we did," he said to applause. Biden said … [Read more...] about Biden warns US will act on China after balloon downing