U.S. Senate Committee Agrees To Ban Tiktok On Federal Devices

Federal employees may soon have to find new ways to pass the time aside from dancing along to Charli D’amelio and lip syncing to Jojo Siwa’s songs.

This as U.S. lawmakers take a step closer to banning the use of Tiktok on government-issued devices.

According to The Wire, Senator Josh Hawley’s ‘No Tiktok on Government Devices Act’ is now up for an en banc vote after the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs unanimously nodded on the measure.

The Chinese-owned app has gone under massive scrutiny from American regulators who believe the video app could lead to Beijing getting their hands on sensitive information.

Questionable Chinese Policy

Reuters have long followed a controversial Chinese law that took effect in 2017, which mandated companies to cooperate and provide support to the Communist Party’s intelligence efforts.

Over in the lower house, representatives have likewise voted to prohibit federal employees from having the app on their office-issued devices.

Legislators voted an overwhelming 336-71 on Ken Buck’s proposal.

Even State Secretary Mike Pompeo is sounding alarm bells over sharing information through the app.

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He told the South China Morning Post that Americans should use Tiktok “only if [they] want [their] private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

Remarkably, Tiktok is not putting up any resistance to these measures.

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“Millions of American families use Tiktok for entertainment and creative expression,” the company’s spokesperson Jamie Favazza said. “We recognize this is not what federal government devices are for.”

Broader Ban On The Horizon

It remains to be seen, however, if the popular app will bear the same opinion if -- or when -- the Trump administration bans Tiktok from its soil entirely.

Pompeo earlier said top officials are ‘considering’ a broad prohibition on Chinese social media apps -- “especially Tiktok.”

“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too,” he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President, but it’s something we’re looking at.”

Woes does not end there for Musical.ly’s successor. Just last week, the Indian government vowed to ban Tiktok, among other Beijing-owned apps, for allegedly posing a threat to other nations’ sovereignty and integrity.

July 24, 2020




Rosabell Toledo


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