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US lawmakers ban TikTok on government devices in spending proposal


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US lawmakers ban TikTok on government devices in spending proposal

In a crucial spending bill, lawmakers included a provision prohibiting federal employees from using the Chinese app TikTok on government-owned devices.

The Senate voted last week on a bill sponsored by Republican Senator Josh Hawley to prohibit federal employees from using the short video app owned by ByteDance on government-owned devices. It was the most recent response by US lawmakers to national security concerns regarding Chinese companies.

This week, Congress is expected to vote on a massive omnibus measure to fund US government operations, which includes the ban. The bill provides the Office of Management and Budget of the White House 60 days to "develop standards and guidelines for executive agencies requiring the removal" of TikTok from federal devices.

Last week, both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy supported the proposal.

TikTok has stated that the majority of the concerns stem from false information. The legislation would have no effect on the more than 100 million Americans who use TikTok on personal or business devices.

Numerous federal agencies, including the White House and the Defense, Homeland Security, and State departments, have already banned TikTok from devices owned by the government.

Also on Monday, state agencies in Louisiana and West Virginia became the most recent to ban the use of TikTok on government devices out of concern that China could use the application to track Americans and censor content.


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