US Senate approves bill banning TikTok from government devices

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The No TikTok on Government Devices Act was introduced Senator Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, has reached a major milestone. Senators from the United States have a history of cooperation. unanimously voted The bill will ban TikTok from all government-owned phones. The bill’s approval highlights the authorities’ concerns about the possibility that ByteDance (a China-based parent company) could share data from US users with China. Chris Wray, FBI Director was appointed last month. warned TikTok could be used by the Chinese government to launch “influence operations” and “technically compromise millions of devices,” according to lawmakers.

The bill prohibits TikTok from being installed on government devices. However, it allows for exceptions for law enforcement activities, national security interest and activities and security researchers. Bloomberg. Hawley called the app “Trojan Horse of the Chinese Communist Party” and stated that it is not appropriate for government devices until it severes all ties with China. Meanwhile, TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter told Bloomberg Hawley has “moved forward with…a proposal that does not advance US national security interests.” Oberwetter stated: “We hope that instead of continuing down that path, he will urge administration to move forward in an agreement that would actually address our concerns.”

Just a few short days ago, Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Mike Gallagher (both R-FL) announced their intention to merge. filed a separate bill This bill aims to ban TikTok from the US. They also target all social media companies influenced by China or Russia, Iran, North Korea, North Korea, Cuba, Iran and North Korea. This bill is not like Hawley. Rubio lashed out at the administration for failing to “take a single meaningful step to protect American users from TikTok’s threat.”

Each state, including Maryland, has its own unique characteristics. South DakotaTikTok is currently prohibited on government devices in the following states: The US House must approve Hawley’s bill before it can be made a law.

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