Rep. Jackson Introduces Legislation to Ban Official Government Tik Tok Accounts
Friday, Representative Ronny Jackson (R-TX-13) introduced the Government Off TikTok Act to prohibit Federal Government officials from maintaining official accounts on TikTok. The bill also emphasizes that TikTok is a proven national security threat to the United States and that no U.S. Official should be posting about official business through a media outlet controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Jackson said: "We know that when you download TikTok, you willingly open the door for the CCP to access your data without restriction. Not only should government officials be setting a good example for all Americans to help deter the use of the Chinese-owned platform, but they should understand the major national security risks associated with using the application. The evidence is clear, TikTok is a major national security risk with numerous privacy issues associated, not to mention the negative social impacts occurring especially to our children. I am fully dedicated to confronting the threat posed by the CCP in every possible manner, and cutting off Chinese access to our data, especially for Government officials, is a top priority."
The full bill text can be found here.
Additional background from the Daily Caller can be found here.
Representatives Brian Babin (R-TX), Ralph Norman (R-SC), and Josh Brecheen (R-OK) cosponsored Jackson's legislation.