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Sen. Josh Hawley Writers To Janet Yellen, Advocates For Ban On TikTok Citing Influence On Young Americans During Ongoing Israel-Hamas War

Amidst the ongoing tensions in the Middle East, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has taken a firm stance against ByteDance-owned TikTok, advocating for its ban in the U.S.

What Happened: He called for a ban on TikTok in the U.S., citing concerns over the social media platform’s content moderation policies during the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. In a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Hawley expressed his apprehensions.

A report by The Hill revealed that the Senator is wary of the influence TikTok could have on young Americans’ understanding of global events. 

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"According to one poll, 51% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 believe that Hamas's murder of civilians was justified — a statistic notably different from other age cohorts," Hawley wrote in his letter, the report noted, citing NBC News. 

Hawley also criticized the absence of a thorough examination by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), chaired by Yellen, regarding ByteDance’s acquisition of TikTok. 

He emphasized the need for immediate action, ...

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