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Marco Rubio urges Biden to ban TikTok

Sen. Marco Rubio desires the Biden administration to ban TikTok within the US after the Chinese authorities took a board seat and partial possession in a key subsidiary of ByteDance, the company behind the wildly common video sharing app. 

News emerged this week {that a} Chinese authorities entity now controls a 1 % stake and a board seat in Beijing ByteDance Technology, an entity that oversees Douyin — the Chinese model of TikTok — in addition to a information aggregator with a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of customers. 

Beijing Bytedance is separate from ByteDance correct, the Cayman Islands-based entity which controls TikTok, a company spokesperson instructed The Post on Tuesday. 

But Rubio, a Republican from Florida, ignored the company’s clarification in a scathing statement late Tuesday wherein he referred to as on President Joe Biden to revive a Trump-era effort to ban TikTok from the US. 

“The Biden administration can no longer pretend that TikTok is not beholden to the Chinese Communist Party,” Rubio mentioned. “Beijing’s aggressiveness makes clear that the regime sees TikTok as an extension of the party-state, and the US needs to treat it that way.”

Former President Donald Trump sought to ban TikTok within the US final year.

Rubio added that the US ought to “establish a framework of standards that must be met before a high-risk, foreign-based app is allowed to operate on American telecommunications networks and devices.” 

He additionally pointed to India, which banned TikTok final year amid border clashes with China, for instance that the US ought to observe. 

Earlier this year, Biden ordered the Commerce Department to conduct a review of safety considerations posed by TikTok and different apps at the same time as he withdrew a set of Trump-era government orders searching for to ban TikTok that had been blocked by courts. 

ByteDance says its business entity that’s partially owned by the Chinese authorities is separate from the one which controls TikTok.
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Rubio’s office, the White House and ByteDance didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. 

China’s pugnacious overseas ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian slammed Rubio throughout a Wednesday press convention. 

“The US politician you mentioned has been making anti-China remarks tirelessly for his own interests in disregard of facts, and is doomed to end up in the dustbin of history,” said Lijian.