Cruz says controversial TikTok bill ‘will benefit’ the app’s users | Laptop News

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a Wednesday interview that users would benefit from the controversial bill to force TikTok’s Chinese-based parent company, ByteDance, to sell the popular app or face a ban in the United States.

Following a classified intelligence briefing for senators on TikTok, Cruz made the case that blocking the Chinese Communist Party from exerting influence over the app’s content would be in users’ best interest and would improve the experience on the app.

“For the people who use TikTok and enjoy it: This is not about getting rid of that,” Cruz said in an interview on Fox News with Brett Baier. “What it is about is forcing China to divest, getting TikTok out of control of the Chinese Communist Party, getting it in the hands of an American company, getting it in the hands of anyone other than China or an enemy of America.”

“I think it is very important,” Cruz continued. “And will benefit the users of TikTok and everyone else, too.”

Cruz described his concerns about China’s connection to the app as two-fold: He is concerned about “the threat it poses of espionage and surveillance of the Chinese Communist Party monitoring” the 170 million Americans who use TikTok.

“They have the ability to monitor what they’re saying, what they’re doing on their phones, where they are. I think it’s a real privacy risk to Americans, who may not realize that the Chinese government has that ability,” Cruz said.

Secondly, Cruz said, he’s concerned about the propaganda push – both for China’s own benefit, for example, in “suppressing information about Tiananmen Square, about Hong Kong, about Tibet” – and in ways that are damaging to children.

“They’re pushing all sorts of harmful…

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