Mar 8, 2024 - Technology

Trump claims TikTok ban would only help "enemy" Facebook

The TikTok application is seen on an iPhone 11 Pro max in this photo illustration in Warsaw, Poland on September 30, 2020.

An illustration of former President Trump and the TikTok application is on a phone. Photo illustration: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Trump came out in support of TikTok in the face of congressional legislation pushing for Chinese divestment from the app in a Thursday night post that also attacked Facebook.

Why it matters: The likely 2024 Republican presidential nominee threatened to ban TikTok when he was president.

The big picture: A key House committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance bipartisan legislation that would force TikTok's Chinese parent company ByteDance to divest its ownership of the app within 165 days.

  • Congress members were inundated with calls from angry constituents after TikTok told its users that the popular social media app was at risk of being shut down in the U.S.
  • The White House has indicated that President Biden would sign the bill.

What they're saying: "If you get rid of TikTok, Facebook and Zuckerschmuck will double their business," Trump said, in reference to the U.S. multinational tech giant and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

  • "I don't want Facebook, who cheated in last election, doing better," he claimed, without providing evidence. "They are a true enemy of the people."
  • Representatives for Facebook and TikTok did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

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