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Chinese State-Owned Outlets Rally To TikTok’s Defense As US Looks To Ban It

Chinese state media has rallied to TikTok's defense as a bill advances in the United States that would force the app to be sold or face a ban.

Protecting Americans from regulatory application laws by foreign adversaries'' would give Beijing-based ByteDance about five months to sell the app or face a nationwide ban. Both TikTok and Chinese-owned media fight The bill is a “ban” and not only downplays the national security risks posed by the app, but also cites First Amendment reasons why the bill should not be passed. (Related: Lawmakers propose a U.S. ban on TikTok)

“According to the U.S. Constitution, Congress cannot simply ban TikTok or any other social media platform unless it can prove that it poses a clear danger that cannot be addressed by other means.” according to In an op-ed piece for Sunday's China Daily. “However, lawmakers have yet to produce convincing evidence of TikTok's alleged digital espionage or manipulation. Meanwhile, the proposed law would pose a decisive threat to free speech.” ” The column also characterized the bill as “an attempted grand theft.”

President Joe Biden said on Friday that he intended to sign the bill once it was on his desk, but former President Donald Trump on Thursday said that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg's He argued against banning TikTok because he feared it would benefit Facebook. President Trump previously tried to ban TikTok through an executive order, but a federal judge ruled against it.

China Global Television Network (CGTN) also published an editorial. piece Monday and interviewed “Experts” spoke out against the bill on Sunday, suggesting it unfairly targets China and is propaganda.

“First, the urge to target China since Donald Trump's historic victory stems directly from the need to pursue neoliberal policies,” the CGTN column said. Says. “While they benefit America's biggest corporations, they expose millions of working Americans to low growth, poor jobs, stagnant wages, widening inequality, and rising debt.For dissatisfied Americans, Communicating that China is the cause of their plight is a major way to hide the fact that pro-business neoliberal policies are at fault.

“Second, there is the will of big donors who need the money to help U.S. politicians fool enough of the public with anti-China rhetoric to win elections,” the paper added.

The experts are Andy MokA senior fellow at the Center on China and Globalization described the bill as “American paranoia” and repeatedly called it a “thorny issue” and minimized TikTok's national security risks, saying the bill essentially He said it was political.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously Thursday to advance the bill. House Republican leaders plan to vote on the bill Wednesday. according to To semaphor.

U.S. experts argued the bill would reduce surveillance and other national security threats posed by TikTok. It would also give the president additional powers to force companies based in foreign hostile countries to divest from their parent companies. according to Go to press release.

“This bill has a predetermined outcome: a complete ban on TikTok in the United States. The government is stripping 170 million Americans of their constitutional right to free expression,” a TikTok spokesperson said. spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation after the House committee passed the bill.

States such as Montana, Nevada, and New Jersey have banned the use of TikTok on government devices for national security reasons.

China Daily, CGTN, TikTok and ByteDance did not immediately respond to DCNF's requests for comment.

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