Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) warned that Chinese-owned social media app TikTok is as addictive and dangerous as “fentanyl” for children.
The fentanyl epidemic in America claims lives every day. But Gallagher says that TikTok is the digital equivalent of the highly addictive drug. The representative went on the Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo and discussed the dangers of TikTok.
“TikTok should be banned,” Gallagher said bluntly, adding that he and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) have legislation to ban the app. Gallagher added, “TikTok is digital fentanyl addicting our kids, and just like actual fentanyl, it ultimately goes back to the Chinese Communist Party.”
The congressman noted that TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a company in which the Chinese Communist Party both owns a financial stake and maintains a board seat. “That means the CCP can track your location, it can track your keystrokes, it can censor your news,” Gallagher said. “Why would we give our foremost adversary that amount of power?”
Gallagher said TikTok is using the “swamp” in Washington, D.C. to its advantage. “They're hiring an army of lobbyists, including former congressmen, senators, 31 former high-level congressional staffers in order to do their bidding,” he stated. “No paycheck is worth that…we need to ban TikTok.”
Gallagher is one of many lawmakers and experts concerned about TikTok’s popularity in America in light of recent revelations that TikTok data is accessible to Chinese ByteDance employees.
Rubio and Gallagher previously called TikTok “potential spyware” and Heritage Foundation’s Kara Frederick called TikTok a CCP “spy app” last week.
Former White House National Security Council (NSC) Chief of Staff Alexander Gray previously told MRC that China practices “civil-military fusion,” where everything in the economic and tech spheres is accessible to the Chinese military.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) reintroduced the No TikTok on Government Devices Act back in 2021 to ban the TikTok app from official federal devices alongside Sens. Rick Scott, (R-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR).
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