Trump backs TikTok as Congress mulls banning Chinese-owned app | Laptop News

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled his opposition to a TikTok ban being considered in Congress, arguing that it would help Facebook, which he called “a true Enemy of the People!”

“If you get rid of TikTok, Facebook and Zuckerschmuck will double their business,” Trump, 77, claimed in a Truth Social post, apparently referring to Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“I don’t want Facebook, who cheated in the last Election, doing better. They are a true Enemy of the People!” he added.

Zuckerberg banned Trump from Facebook and Instagram on Jan. 7, 2021, one day after the former president’s supporters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.

Trump seethed about the Meta CEO’s decision, releasing a statement, months later, saying, “Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!”

Meta reinstated Trump last year.

In a 50-0 vote, the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday advanced legislation that seeks to crack down on TikTok.

The bill, introduced earlier this week by Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), would give the popular video-sharing app’s Chinese parent company — ByteDance — 165 days to sell TikTok or face being banned from app stores operated by Apple, Google and others.

The legislation has the support of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and President Biden has said he would sign it into law if it reaches his desk…

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