Senate passes bill that bans TikTok on government devices

Senate passes bill that bans TikTok on government devices

Laws banning the usage of TikTok on authorities gadgets handed the Senate on Wednesday amid issues information obtained by the favored social-media app could fall into the palms of the Chinese language Communist Occasion. 

The “No TikTok on Authorities Units Act,” sponsored by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), would prohibit people from downloading or utilizing TikTok on telephones, tablets, and computer systems issued by the US authorities or authorities companies.

The invoice handed after no senators objected to the measure. It should nonetheless go the Home earlier than heading to President Biden’s desk. 

“TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese language Communist Occasion. It’s a serious safety danger to america, and till it’s compelled to sever ties with China fully, it has no place on authorities gadgets,” Hawley stated in a press release. “States throughout the U.S. are banning TikTok on authorities gadgets. It’s time for Joe Biden and the Democrats to assist do the identical.”

At the least 5 states — Maryland, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas — have banned authorities companies from utilizing TikTok over safety issues. 

New York lawmakers additionally launched a invoice this week that will ban state staff and contractors from downloading the app onto government-issued electronics.

On the federal degree, one other anti-TikTok invoice was launched in Congress this week that seeks to ban the social media platform from the US altogether. 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) launched the Averting the Nationwide Risk of Web Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and Affect and Algorithmic Studying by the Chinese language Communist Occasion (ANTI-SOCIAL CCP) Act on Tuesday .

Rubio and Gallagher’s invoice would ban “all transactions from any social media firm in, or below the affect of, China, Russia and several other different overseas nations of concern,” equivalent to Iran, North Korea and Venezuela.

TikTok’s father or mother firm, Beijing-based ByteDance LTD, is required below Chinese language legislation to reveal its information to the Chinese language Communist Occasion, in response to Rubio. 

“This isn’t about inventive movies — that is about an app that’s gathering information on tens of tens of millions of American kids and adults on daily basis,” Rubio stated in a press release. “We all know it’s used to govern feeds and affect elections. We all know it solutions to the Folks’s Republic of China.”

TikTok claims it has by no means shared U.S. person information with the CCP and wouldn’t if requested.

A TikTok spokesperson informed the Wall Road Journal that Hawley’s laws “does nothing to advance U.S. nationwide safety pursuits. We hope that fairly than persevering with down that highway, he’ll urge the administration to maneuver ahead on an settlement that will truly deal with his issues.”

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