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European Parliament Urges Member Nations to Adopt TikTok Ban

In March in the United States, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew addressed congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill as he tried to convince them of the personal-data safety of using TikTok. Some U.S. lawmakers, though, were not convinced by his testimony and told him so at the hearing. File Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

The European Parliament is advocating for a ban of the popular social media app TikTok across all of its 28 member states.

The governing body cited the possibility of foreign interference through the short-form video hosting service, in a report issued Thursday.

"Foreign interference, disinformation, and attacks on democracy are likely to continue in ever-greater numbers and to become more sophisticated in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in June 2024," the report states.

Any bans would need to be passed by the governments of individual countries.

European Parliament members voted to accept the report by a count of 469 to 71 against with 75 abstentions.

The report calls on national governments of all 28 members to adopt the same policies already enacted by the European Union.

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