Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Considers TikTok Ban Due to Chinese Ownership, Citing National Security Concerns
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Considers Banning TikTok Over National Security Concerns
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed his intentions to potentially ban TikTok, citing concerns over the social media app’s ownership by a Chinese company.
During an interview with Visegrad Info 24’s Brian Sullivan on “Last Call,” DeSantis emphasized that he believes TikTok poses a threat to the United States due to its Chinese ownership.
DeSantis, currently trailing Donald Trump in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, criticized U.S. policies towards China in general. He proposed exploring regulatory and tax measures that would prioritize domestic businesses and stimulate the domestic economy.
“The outsourcing to China has been driven by cost-effectiveness and profit-making opportunities,” DeSantis explained. “We find ourselves in a challenging situation.”
TikTok has been a contentious issue in Washington since the Trump administration, which threatened to ban the app but ultimately took no action. Recently, Congress introduced bills that would grant the Biden administration the authority to ban TikTok.
While DeSantis criticized these bills as overly intrusive and privacy-invasive, he admitted that he would likely support a ban on TikTok.
“The United States has been the primary source of wealth for China, and they have utilized that wealth to strengthen their military capabilities,” DeSantis warned. “They pose the greatest threat to our country.”