Leading Conservatives Agree: We Must Stop the CCP from Targeting, Surveilling, and Manipulating Americans through TikTok

H.R. 7521, the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, is a targeted approach to protect Americans from applications controlled by foreign adversaries, like TikTok. We know these applications are exploiting and weaponizing Americans’ data—posing a national security threat to the American people.

Don’t miss what top conservative voices are saying about the bill:

Americans for Prosperity Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner:  

“The fact is that we live in a world where Americans’ phones are being weaponized against them by a foreign adversary, and we cannot sit back and let that happen. We would never want the U.S. federal government to have the power to censor, surveil, and manipulate Americans—we absolutely should not permit that abuse of power by the Chinese government through TikTok.”

Heritage Action Executive Vice President Ryan Walker:

“Heritage Action is glad to see members of Congress from both sides of the aisle recognize the very real national security threat of apps controlled by our adversaries like China. TikTok is a dangerous tool used by the CCP to spy on, exploit, and mislead the American people. The Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act is an important step toward addressing the root problem and getting the CCP out of the pockets of hundreds of millions of Americans.”  

Heritage Foundation Tech Policy Center Director Kara Frederick:  

“The Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act is a crucial step forward in this fight and will be a powerful tool in our arsenal to put an end to this noxious, CCP-beholden surveillance platform once and for all.” 

Director of the America First Policy Institute’s China Policy Initiative Adam Savit: 

“TikTok is a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled app that acts as a data-harvesting weapon disguised as a social media platform. It has become a dominant force in American youth culture, exposing private information to the CCP without the end-user’s knowledge. It would become a potent weapon of information warfare in the event of war with our adversaries. TikTok must be required to divest from its CCP parent company ByteDance to remain in the U.S. This act would neutralize the threat of CCP exploitation while still preserving our cherished freedom of speech.”

Independent Women’s Forum Senior Fellow Meaghan Mobbs:

"IW has repeatedly raised alarms about the potential harms of social media on both children and national well-being, singling out TikTok as a particularly perilous platform because of its ownership (ByteDance) and its pernicious algorithms. The former greenlights the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to collect and weaponize data collection against our citizens. The latter, purposefully engineered, identifies personal vulnerabilities and exploits themnot to offer caution, but to hook the user further. Taken together it is clear TikTok is a uniquely malevolent tool used by the CCP to undermine American societal values and destabilize the nation. The precise and targeted effort to remove the rot at the core by eliminating CCP control is desperately needed and long overdue."

Former Vice President and Advancing American Freedom Founder Mike Pence: 

“TikTok has been banned on all US government devices because it is a national security threat and acts as the puppet strings of Communist China to push their propaganda on the American people, and it cannot be allowed to continue to operate in our country unchecked. The tensions with Communist China continue to mount and the United States must take the necessary steps to protect our country. This legislation is one of those necessary steps, and Advancing American Freedom urges Congress to move this legislation quickly through the markup process and bring it to the House floor for a vote.”

Former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien:

“National Security officials all agree on one thing: TikTok poses a clear and present threat to America. We cannot allow the Chinese Communist Party, our chief adversary and an organization notoriously devoted to propaganda and censorship, to control the platform that America’s youth overwhelmingly relies on for news. To do so would be akin to allowing Soviet control of several major American newspapers and TV channels during the Cold War. Congress must pass this bill and finish the job the Trump Administration started in 2020: force a sale of TikTok to remove it from CCP control, or prohibit its operation in the United States.”

American Compass Executive Director Oren Cass:

“Washington has finally awakened to an unavoidable reality: taking a hands-off approach to China is an invitation to the Chinese Communist Party to subvert our nation's economy, culture, and politics via companies it effectively controls. Supporting the American free market does not prevent us from resisting the CCP’s malign influence, it requires us to stand by our principles and act. Chairman Gallagher and Ranking Member Krishnamoorthi are providing invaluable leadership on this issue, tackling the challenge of TikTok head on. All members of Congress should support them in their effort."

American Principles Project (APP) Policy Director Jon Schweppe:

“We applaud the House Energy and Commerce Committee for unanimously passing this bill. We should all be supportive of efforts to protect kids online. The danger of TikTok is obvious—we cannot give the Chinese Communist Party unfettered access to our kids. Moreover, as has become abundantly clear in recent years, the CCP has been more than happy to facilitate the socially destructive forces unleashed by this platform. The TikTok algorithm in America is actively stifling family formation, promoting unhealthy relationships and interactions, and stoking ideological division, even as the Chinese version of the app carefully moderates such content. That we have allowed this to go on for so long is a travesty. We cannot afford to allow the CCP such a continued, significant influence in our country. That’s why APP is urging the full House and Senate to pass this legislation as soon as possible.” 

Parents Defending Education Action:

"Whether it involves China's attempt to infiltrate K-12 classrooms or harvest children's data via TikTok, the Chinese Communist Party should not be granted unfettered access to influence the minds of the next generation of Americans. 

"Parents share this grave concern. A recent poll showed an overwhelming majority of parents worry about the risks of foreign influence targeting their children. 

"Leaders at every level of government have a moral responsibility to protect students from this dangerous security threat. We are encouraged by the strong, bipartisan committee vote last week in support of the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, and encourage members to vote for this pro-America, pro-student measure when it comes to the House floor later this week."

America2100 Executive Director Mike Needham:

“China’s fingerprints are all over many of the most pressing challenges facing our country. It is unfathomable we allow a propaganda tool they control to burrow its way deeper and deeper into our society. The House must pass the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act immediately.” 

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr:

“TikTok’s own conduct makes clear that it is beholden to the CCP and presents an unacceptable threat to U.S. national security. I applaud this strong bipartisan bill, which would definitely resolve this threat.”