Lawmakers again push to ban TikTok on federal devices

A group of senators want to keep TikTok off government devices. 


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A group of lawmakers is once again trying to keep popular app TikTok off federal devices. 

The group, led by  Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri republican, reintroduced the legislation, called No TikTok on Government Devices Act, Thursday. 

“TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party that has no place on government devices—or any American devices, for that matter,” Hawley said in a statement.

TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hawley originally introduced the act in March 2020. It passed the Senate but did not progress any further. 

The legislation is cosponsored by Sen. Rick Scott, a Florida republican; Sen. Marco Rubio, also Florida republican; and Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas republican. TikTok has been the subject of much consternation on the part of US officials over concerns that the Chinese-owned app could give the Chinese government access to US user data. 

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2021-04-15 15:10:03 – Source: cnet.com