Senate Just Passed a TikTok Ban

Senate Just Passed a TikTok Ban

( – Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) recently introduced the “No TikTok on Government Devices Act,” which is designed to ban federal employees from downloading or using the app on official devices. The Senate unanimously passed the legislation on December 13. Senator Hawley took to Twitter to celebrate the win.

Lawmakers from both sides of the political divide have raised concerns over TikTok, namely its close proximity to the Chinese Communist Party and its handling of US user data. Former President Donald Trump had previously attempted to ban the social media app in the US altogether, citing the same concerns. The Senate of a prior Congress was able to pass similar legislation, only to have it stall in the House and never make it to the president’s desk.

The current bill, if passed through the House and signed by President Biden, will ban TikTok and any related apps published by the platform’s parent company ByteDance, which is based in Beijing, China. The concerns of lawmakers are well placed considering that in just five short years, the app has become the most popular in the world according to the Wall Street Journal.

Could this be a sign of what’s to come for TikTok? Perhaps this is only a starting point for lawmakers, and they’ll slowly phase the app out of the lives of Americans until the US is completely rid of it.

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