The Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit the Chinese social media giant TikTok from using all government equipment and sending it to the president’s desk.
R-Mo Senator Josh Hawley said: “As far as we know, I think we should continue to allow federal employees, those workers who are authorized to provide sensitive government data, to access on their work phones and computers. The application.” The person who proposed the bill said in a statement. “I am encouraged by the bipartisan support that we have seen in this organization, which requires the Chinese Communist Party to be held accountable, including by the way, to companies that will only bid in China. And if I have something to say about it , We will not stop here.”
Multiple branches of the military as well as TSA, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security have banned TikTok from using equipment.
Pompeii warned that the personal information of users of Tick Tick may be “directly sent to the Chinese Communist Party.”
US officials worry that Beijing’s Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company, is obliged to share data with the Chinese government if requested.
Article 7 of China’s National Security Law of 2017 states: “Any organization or citizen shall support, assist and cooperate with national intelligence work in accordance with the law, and maintain the confidentiality of all knowledge about national intelligence work.”
According to mobile application research company Sensor Tower downloads, TikTok has been downloaded 2 billion times.
A TikTok spokesperson told Fox News in a statement: “TikTok is loved by 100 million Americans because it is a home for entertainment, self-expression, and connection. We acknowledge that this is not the use of the federal government’s equipment.” In 2015, our American team had nearly 1,000 people, and we are proud to be able to hire another 10,000 employees nationwide for high-paying jobs. Our highest priority is to promote a secure application experience that protects user privacy. “
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When the Senate bill was introduced, the Trump administration intensified its war on technologies of Chinese origin.
“We want to see untrusted Chinese apps removed from the US App Store. President Trump mentioned the upcoming action against TikTok, and this is for good reason,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press release on Wednesday Said at the meeting. “For the parent company headquartered in China, applications such as TikTok and WeChat pose a major threat to the personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for censoring CCP content.”
President Trump stated that he will buy TikTok for an American company before September 15 or he will ban the company. The Financial Times reported on Thursday morning that Microsoft is planning to acquire TikTok’s global business. However, Business Insider later rejected the report, calling it false. The President insisted that the US Treasury Department cut any deals reached, which could complicate negotiations.
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