GOP lawmakers renew calls to ban TikTok after Usama bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’ trend went viral
After US intelligence officials reported that a letter from Usama bin Laden was recently shared as part of a TikTok trend, some Republican lawmakers have renewed their calls to ban the popular social media platform. This isn't the first time that Republican lawmakers have advocated for banning TikTok. Earlier this year, the Trump administration issued restrictions on the popular Chinese-owned app, citing concerns about the potential for data mining. However, the latest flare-up further underscores the growing tensions between TikTok and the U.S. government. It also provides more evidence of the ways in which extremist content can spread rapidly across social media platforms, raising further questions about the ability of tech companies to protect their users from inappropriate material. At this time, the U.S. government has not issued an outright ban on TikTok. However, lawmakers like Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) are still calling for the immediate removal of the platform from the iOS and Android app stores in the US.