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ICYMI: Rubio: TikTok Is Coming for American Businesses

Aug 9, 2023 | Press Releases

As TikTok comes for American businesses, it’s past time to ban it

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

August 8, 2023

New York Post

[W]hile TikTok tries to appear friendly to Americans, its true purpose is to serve the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese businesses at Americans’ expense. Don’t take my word for it. Just look at the company’s new scheme to sell cheap products made in China directly to Americans through the app.

This attempt to follow in the footsteps of Chinese fast-fashion firms…will undermine the American businesses TikTok claims to help. Who will spend $20 on a T-shirt made in America when he or she can buy a Chinese-made T-shirt for $4?…It shows that TikTok’s “support” for Main Street America, including its strategic funding of small businesses suing Montana for banning the app, is anything but selfless.

TikTok’s e-commerce foray is also problematic because it will make American consumers complicit in slavery and genocide. How do you think Chinese producers proffer their dirt-cheap prices? Some…source their goods from concentration camps in Xinjiang, where the Communist Party subjects Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups to forced labor….

Add this to other incriminating discoveries, and the evidence against TikTok is overwhelming…. TikTok is lying to Americans, abusing their data, threatening America’s long-term economic interests and aiding and abetting genocide and slavery. We have to decide what’s more important, short-term gains or the long-term good of our country….

If we don’t ban TikTok after this year’s revelations, we will do more than throw a bone to our greatest geopolitical adversary. We will broadcast the decline of American patriotism and the blunting of our leaders’ moral sense. That would be a real tragedy.

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