White House ‘very in favor, of bill thought to target TikTok

The White House has expressed its support for a bill that could bring new restrictions to the Chinese-owned video-sharing app, TikTok.

In an interview on Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is “very in favor” of the proposed legislation, known as the “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship Act”.

The bill, which was introduced by Republican Senators Marsha Blackburn and Josh Hawley, would require tech companies like TikTok to obtain a government license before operating in the United States. It would also require the company to be transparent about its data practices and content moderation policies.

The legislation is thought to target TikTok, which has been growing in popularity among US users in recent years. The app has come under increasing scrutiny from US lawmakers who are concerned about its potential for censorship and data privacy.

Psaki said the bill “certainly has our attention” and that the White House is “very in favor” of the legislation. She added that the administration is working closely with Congress to ensure that any proposed regulations protect users' rights and keep their data safe.

The bill is currently in the Senate, but it has not yet been voted on. If passed, it could have far-reaching implications for the tech industry and for TikTok in particular.

The move is the latest sign that the Biden administration is taking a tougher stance on the app and other US-China tech issues. Last week, the US Commerce Department took steps to block downloads of the app in the US. It is unclear if the proposed bill will be approved, but it appears that the White House is taking a firm stance in favor of the legislation.