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Asher Notheis, Breaking News Reporter


NextImg:AOC argues against TikTok ban in video on the controversial app


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) created her own TikTok account in an effort to speak out against the bipartisan effort to ban the social media platform in the United States.

The Congresswoman's argument comes as Congress debates whether the U.S. should ban TikTok entirely due to its ties to China. Ocasio-Cortez argued in her video that banning the social media app in the U.S. does not address "the core of the issue," which is that social media companies are allowed to collect personal data from users without any "significant regulation whatsoever."

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"The United States is one of the only developed nations in the world that has no significant data or privacy protection laws on the books,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the vice ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, votes on a Democratic amendment to the rules during an organizational meeting for the 118th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Ocasio-Cortez argued that the right thing to do is not to "ban an individual company" but to instead protect U.S. residents from "this kind of egregious data harvesting" used by companies.

A number of states have already banned TikTok across all government devices, with Gov. Kristi Noem (R) of South Dakota being the first to do so. Other states, including Virginia, Texas, and Ohio have followed suit, according to Yahoo Finance.

Ocasio-Cortez's TikTok video comes only days before the social media app is banned on all federal devices on March 29. The White House gave 30 days to all U.S. federal agencies on Feb. 27 to delete TikTok from all government-issued mobile devices, according to Associated Press.

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It is not clear if Ocasio-Cortez posted her video from her personal phone or not.

The Washington Examiner has contacted Ocasio-Cortez's office for comment.