Donald Trump Jr. was in the spotlight this week urging Congress to ban Chinese-controlled TikTok from the U.S. and take to go even further by passing new “hardcore” laws.
Trump Jr. said we need these laws to prohibit all social media companies from allowing the private data of U.S. citizens to fall into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.
The former president’s son made these comments on the heels of a bipartisan group of senators introducing the Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology (RESTRICT) Act this week. It would allow the U.S. to ban TikTok and take action against other foreign adversaries.
“We’ve got to figure this TikTok thing out,” Trump Jr. said. “But I got to thinking, well hold on just a second, a lot of these social media companies have China issues and if we’re going to do something here, it needs to apply to all of them.”
“While we’re going hardcore on TikTok regulations, how about NO American data flowing through China for ANY social media company?!” Trump Jr. tweeted. “No letting Facebook, IG, Twitter or anyone else off the hook for data security and privacy in whatever ends up happening.”
Two former Trump administration officials, Matt Pottinger, and David Feith wrote a piece in The New York Times toward the end of 2021. They explained that Chinese communist dictator Xi Jinping is trying to make the Chinese Communist Party “the world’s most powerful data broker.
China is using its sophisticated internal internet-data surveillance network to mine social media platforms “to equip its government agencies, military and police with information on foreign targets,” The Washington Post reported.
Former President Donald Trump banned TikTok from the U.S. with executive action, but the effort was abandoned by President Joe Biden shortly after getting into the White House.
While we’re going hardcore on TikTok regulations, how about NO American data flowing through China for ANY social media company?! No letting Facebook, IG, Twitter or anyone else off the hook for data security and privacy in whatever ends up happening. pic.twitter.com/Tppke4NrhO
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 7, 2023