Trump has authority to ban TikTok, government lawyers say

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TikTok poses a threat to US national security, government lawyers say.


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The Trump administration said Friday it has the authority to ban Americans’ use of the TikTok, saying in a court filing that the popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app poses a national security threat because of its relationship with the Chinese government.

Trump administration lawyers said in a filing Friday with the US District Court in Washington DC that the US government should be allowed to impose restrictions on the app that will make it unusable in the US next month. The proposed restrictions are in line with the president’s authority to protect US national security and limiting those powers run contrary to the law and past rulings, US government lawyers said.

“The President should not be prevented from regulating national-security threats

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New Bill Strips Presidential Authority to Shut Down Internet

Two lawmakers, a Democrat and a Republican, have introduced a bill that would limit the President’s authority to shut down the internet. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) announced the Preventing Unwarranted Communications Shutdown Act on Thursday.

The move comes just over a week before an election that many fear could be chaotic and contested.

Though it’s never happened in the United States, the President does have the power to shut down the internet according to 1934’s Communications Act. Section 706 of the act allows the President carte blanche to shutdown wireless communications “upon proclamation by the President that there exists war or a threat of war, or a state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency, or in order to preserve the neutrality of the United States.”

The Preventing Unwarranted Communications Shutdowns Act would amend Section 706 and put limits on the President’s

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