Gallagher says bipartisan TikTok bill is not a ban

The author of fast-tracked legislation regulating China’s influence over TikTok said the legislation is not a ban on the popular app, pushing back against criticism from the company and some legislators.

House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) emphasized during a press event on Wednesday that the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, a bill that he introduced Tuesday with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), is not designed to ban TikTok but to sever its connection to its China-based parent company ByteDance and to the Chinese Communist Party.

The bill would make it unlawful for app stores to host social media applications owned by companies connected to “foreign adversaries” such as China, Russia, or Iran, specifically focusing on TikTok and its parent company ByteDance. It would also give the president the
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