Washington moved fast to crack down on TikTok but has made little progress with Big Tech

Washington moved fast to crack down on TikTok but has made little progress with Big Tech

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  • The TikTok measure, while limited in its impact on the app’s wider US user base, highlights how quickly lawmakers can act when a combination of national security fears, bipartisan anti-China suspicions, and more targeted proposals cause the legislative stars to align.
  • But in fast-tracking the bill, Congress can’t help but draw attention to its notable lack of progress on regulating American tech giants more broadly — despite years of reports, hearings and proposed legislation.
  • Since 2020, TikTok has been negotiating with the US government on a possible deal to keep the app running in the United States.
  • “We’re disappointed that Congress has moved to ban TikTok on government devices—a political gesture that will do nothing to advance national security interests—rather than encouraging the Administration to conclude its national security review,” said Brooke Oberwetter, a TikTok spokesperson.

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