Culpeper Star-Exponent: Spanberger supports crackdown on TikTok, “a tool” of the Chinese Communist Party

CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT

U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, voted with a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House Wednesday to place limits on TikTok related to sharing Americans’ information with the Chinese Communist Party.

The measure would require the popular video app to sever ties with its parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, in order to continue to operate in the United States, according to a release from the local congresswoman’s office.

As a Chinese-owned company, ByteDance is required to comply with the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance demands, including requests to turn over user data, stated Spanberger, a former intelligence officer who sits on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee.

She said she’s long been aware of national security threats posed by ByteDance’s ownership of TikTok and the risks to American users.

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