TikTok, which has over 100 million users in the US, may be restricted due to new legislation called the RESTRICT Act, unveiled by a dozen US senators earlier this week. While the Act targets foreign technologies including apps such as TikTok, the focus is not specifically on the social media platform. The proposed Act would give the Commerce Department powers to investigate technology originating from countries such as China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela. If passed, the Commerce Secretary will have the authority to ban any foreign-based technology that threatens national security. TikTok and its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, have previously denied sharing American data with China. Last week, the Biden Administration ordered federal agencies to remove TikTok from all government devices within 30 days, however, some departments already have restrictions in place.

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