Republicans ask Biden to delete his TikTok account

Republicans ask biden to delete his tiktok account
Republicans ask biden to delete his tiktok account

A group of 18 Republican lawmakers have asked US President Joe Biden to delete his TikTok account, citing national security concerns.

In their letter, seen by Reuters, the lawmakers point out that Biden "ignores the known security risks posed by TikTok. How can the federal government warn Americans about the dangers of the app when the head of state is using it?”

The Democrat's campaign recently created a TikTok account, where he first uploaded videos on February 11, aiming to appeal to younger voters. The first video has 9.6 million views so far, while Biden's account has 162,000 followers.

Among the lawmakers who signed the letter are Senators Marco Rubio, John Barrasso, Marsha Blackburn, Rick Scott and Josh Hawley. They are asking Biden to "delete your account and publicly acknowledge the national security threat TikTok poses."

The White House and TikTok did not respond to requests for comment on the letter, while Biden's campaign team declined to comment.

Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner expressed concern about the national security implications of the Biden campaign's decision to create an account on the app.

"I think we have to find a way to go after India, which has banned TikTok," said Warner, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I'm a little worried about the messaging," Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Sunday, repeating her call for TikTok to be banned in the US. "We should have stopped it long ago. It is extremely dangerous", he stressed.

TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has been accused by many American politicians of being a propaganda tool of the Chinese government, which the company vehemently denies.

Efforts in Congress to ban the app or create new tools to limit it have so far been unsuccessful, while some lawmakers want the Commerce Department to include ByteDance on the list of companies whose exports are controlled.

In January, a TikTok executive told Congress that 170 million Americans use the app, up from 150 million a year earlier.

The White House indicated last week that a measure barring federal employees from downloading the app to government devices remains in place.


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