Mike Gallagher
Republican Representative Mike Gallagher speaks to reporters after a Republican caucus meeting on the first day of the new Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2023

A senior member of the US Congress said that the Chinese social network TikTok is a digital drug and called for its ban

Mike Gallagher denounced that the popular video application “is addictive and destructive”

A Republican representative called the Chinese social network TikTok an “addictive and destructive” drug that the Beijing regime is supplying to Americans.

Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin stated in an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press that TikTok is “digital fentanyl” because “it’s highly addictive and destructive.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. “It is a major contributing factor to fatal and non-fatal overdoses in the US, the use and fatality of which have risen sharply in the United States in recent years.

The legislator then compared the drug to the popular app: “We are seeing worrying data about the corrosive impact of constant use of social media, particularly on young men and women here in the United States,” he said. “It does indeed go back to the Chinese Communist Party,” he said.

Gallagher, recently appointed to chair the new House Select Committee on China, believes the social network should be banned in the United States.

Last week, the popular Chinese video app was banned from all devices managed by the US House of Representatives, according to its administrative arm, in line with a soon-to-be-enforced law banning the app on the devices of the US House of Representatives. Government.

The app is considered “high risk due to a number of security issues,” the House Administrative Chief (CAO) said in a message sent to all MPs and staff on Tuesday, and must be removed from all devices. managed by the Chamber.

The new rule is the latest in a series of moves by US governments to ban TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd.

In total, 19 states have already blocked, at least partially, the app on state-managed devices for fear that the Chinese regime could use it to track Americans and censor content.

The $1.66 trillion funding bill, passed last week to fund the US government through September 30, 2023, includes a provision to ban the app on federally managed devices, and it will take effect once President Joe Biden signs it into law.

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