Hawley calls out Biden campaign for using TikTok after president signed law banning it from federal devices

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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., called retired nan Biden-Harris run for joining TikTok connected Super Bowl Sunday, aft nan management signed authorities banning nan app from astir national devices successful 2022.

"Hey by nan way, we conscionable joined TikTok," nan campaign's station connected X publication connected Sunday, pinch nan campaign's first TikTok video of nan president answering quizzes astir nan Super Bowl. 

"Biden run bragging astir utilizing a Chinese spy app moreover though Biden signed a rule banning it connected each national devices," Hawley wrote connected X successful consequence to nan campaign's post.

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The Biden management group a 30-day deadline successful precocious February 2023 for authorities agencies to purge nan app, owned by nan Chinese institution ByteDance, from national devices. 

Several Republicans person urged Congress to prohibition nan app successful nan U.S. wholly because of reports nan app steals Americans' information and poses a nationalist information threat. In 2017, China began enforcing a rule mandating companies to supply nan authorities pinch immoderate individual information pertinent to nan regime's nationalist security.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has besides called for a nationwide prohibition connected TikTok, saying past month that nan CEO is "lying" astir nan app being safe for users. 

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"We should prohibition it," Hawley antecedently told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "It tracks everything you do connected your phone. It tracks everyplace you go, each matter connection you send, each email you write, and it's — each that accusation — each of it's disposable to nan Chinese Communist Party."

Cotton appeared to measurement successful Monday connected nan Biden run joining TikTok, writing, "Just for illustration TikTok, Temu aliases immoderate Chinese tech institution must let nan Communist Party unfettered entree to its data. This should beryllium a non-starter for doing business successful nan United States."

The app is vastly celebrated among young voters, and Biden's run squad will beryllium moving nan president's account. The run besides has a beingness connected different societal media platforms, including X, Instagram, Meta's Threads and erstwhile President Trump's Truth Social. 

The FBI and nan Federal Communications Commission person some reportedly cautioned that ByteDance whitethorn perchance stock personification information — including browsing history, location information, and biometric identifiers specified arsenic fingerprints, facial features, iris patterns, sound prints — pinch nan Chinese Communist Party. 

The Committee connected Foreign Investment successful nan United States, a authorities agency that reviews nationalist information implications of overseas investments successful nan U.S. has been investigating TikTok since 2019. 

The Biden-Harris run said they will beryllium posting contented regularly connected each platforms, including TikTok. 

"We are taking precocious information precautions astir our devices and incorporating a blase information protocol to guarantee security. The campaign’s beingness is independent and isolated from nan ongoing CFIUS review," a run advisor said successful an email. "The run will proceed gathering voters wherever they are, innovating to create contented that will resonate pinch captious audiences and nan halfway constituencies that dress up nan president’s divers and wide conjugation of voters."