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Lawmakers want Commerce to add ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, to the list of export controls.

In an effort to limit TikTok’s access to US software, a bipartisan group of 15 US congressmen petitioned the Commerce Department on Thursday to include ByteDance, the startup’s parent company, on a government export control list.

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

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