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U.S. Senate votes to ban TikTok app on government devices

U.S. Senate votes to ban TikTok app on government devices

8/7/2020 12:45:00 AM

U.S. Senate votes to ban TikTok app on government devices

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a bill from Senator Josh Hawley banning federal employees from using video-sharing app TikTok on government-issued devices, amid threats from the White House to ban the company.

The app has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the Trump administration over national security concerns because China’s ByteDance owns the technology. The company currently faces a deadline of Sept. 15 to either sell its U.S. operations to Microsoft Corp or face an outright ban.

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Sources have previously told Reuters that ByteDance executives value all of TikTok at more than $50 billion.Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate in the country’s national intelligence work.“I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support we have seen in this body to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and that includes ... holding accountable those corporations who would just do China’s bidding,” Senator Hawley said in a statement.

“And, if I have anything to say about it, we won’t be stopping here,” the Republican senator added.Last month, the House of Representatives voted to bar federal employees from downloading the app on government-issued devices as part of a proposal offered by Representative Ken Buck.

With passage in the House and approval by the Senate, the prohibition is expected to soon become law in the United States.A TikTok spokeswoman said its growing U.S. team has no higher priority than promoting a safe app experience that protects users’ privacy.

On Wednesday, TikTok said it was working with experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to “protect against foreign influence” and fact-check potential misinformation about the election.The company has increasingly emerged as a platform for political discourse and activism. Users recently said they helped inflate attendance expectations at U.S. President Donald Trump’s June rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Last year, the company said about 60% of its 26.5 million monthly active U.S. users are aged 16 to 24.Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker, Nick Zieminski and Jonathan Oatis Read more: Reuters Top News »

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The only ones suffering are those that spent a lot of time and effort creating their own platform, now they have to suffer for a company that spied on them Devices made in.......CHINA Of course they do how they plan to monitor it It might be for the sake of national security but the realDonaldTrump is making things poltical.

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The Risks TikTok Poses Are Not at All Unique to TikTokThere are three reasons to be wary of TikTok. But they apply to all social media platforms. you have to start fighting China somewhere Huawei seems to be a bigger fish and of course students from China But we're not concerned about US intel accessing these apps, etc? Seems improbablee the Chinese government is all that interested in lip synching apps.

U.S. Senate bans TikTok app on government devicesThe U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill from Senator Josh Hawley banning federal employees from using video-sharing app TikTok on government-issued devices, amid threats from the White House to ban the company. The app has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the Trump administration SenateGOP This is so much more important than declassifying election interference Intel reports. Less security on FB and Twitter

Inside Trump's TikTok reversal: How advisers mobilized their deal-making effortsSen. Lindsey Graham wasn't entirely sure what TikTok was, beyond a source of videos of piano-playing dogs and dancing cats. Nonetheless, he was tasked with a mission: talk President Donald Trump down from his threatened ban on the Chinese-owned platform that is hugely popular with American kids. Lindsey Graham is the voice of rational calm, we are so screwed. 👀 He doesn't appreciate the sarahcpr TikToks, I am sure of it.

Parents Are Suing TikTok for Allegedly Sending Their Kids' Stolen Data to ChinaRepresentatives from the popular social media app have previously denied similar allegations And yet there’s still people fighting to keep this dumb ass app 🙄 Facebook data is stored somewhere too 🤷‍♂️ data from everything is stored..what’s the fuss about...🤷‍♂️ Media trying hard against China but they’re going strong 😂🙌

‘We Hold All The Cards’: Trump Doubles Down On Treasury Taking Cut Of TikTok DealThe president once again likened TikTok’s presence in the U.S. to a landlord-tenant relationship, saying the Treasury should get a ‘big proportion’ of the sale. Euthanasia ends suffering. 😂 we're not dead yet.

Meanwhile, Gordon Ramsay and His Daughter Are Casually Crushing TikTok Dances Together.GordonRamsay and his daughter Tilly are the TikTok duo we never knew we needed. 😂