Government Bans Controversial App

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation that would ban the use of TikTok on government phones and devices. This is part of a general push to mitigate the security threats posed by the Chinese-owned social media company.

The “No TikTok on Government Devices Act,” was originally introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and was passed unanimously late on Wednesday. The proposal “prohibit(s) certain individuals from downloading or using TikTok on any device issued by the United States or a government corporation.”

This move comes at a time when many state governments, particularly those led by Republicans have actively taken steps to reduce the types of apps that are available on state-owned devices. So far there have been thirteen states that have already taken action to reduce the use of TikTok. Out of those thirteen, eleven states have taken action within the last month.

In a statement, Hawley noted that “TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party. It’s a major security risk to the United States.” He added that until the company completely cut all its ties with China it would continue to be banned from government devices in the U.S. because of the security threats it poses.

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