Lawmakers urge Commerce to put TikTok-parent ByteDance on export control list

By Thomson Reuters Feb 8, 2024 | 12:07 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of 15 U.S. lawmakers on Thursday urged the Commerce Department to add TikTok-parent company ByteDance to a government export control list to restrict its access to American software.

The lawmakers led by Republican Dan Crenshaw and Democrat Josh Gottheimer urged Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to add ByteDance to the so-called “Entity List” action “to address critical vulnerabilities created by the company‚Äôs access to U.S. software,” and comes after efforts in Congress to ban TikTok or give the Biden administration new powers to restrict the app used by more than 170 million Americans has stalled.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)