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International News: TikTok could soon be banned on U.S. government-issued devices

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2022. 9:20 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: TikTok could soon be banned on U.S. government-issued devices, NPR reports.

U.S. lawmakers say that the Chinese-owned video app is a cybersecurity risk for the United States.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to ban the video app from devices issued by federal agencies.

In addition, Governors have ordered their agencies not to use the app on state-issued devices.

This week, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, and Utah joined 4 other states in issuing such bans.

The video app owned by Chinese company, ByteDance has become widely popular but its usage across the U.S. has raised alarms.

Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that the app could be used to control users’ devices citing national security concerns.

Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio is heading a bipartisan effort to ban TikTok outright.

The proposed legislation would “block and prohibit” qualifying social media companies belonging to a “country of concern.”

Advocates are concerned of how foreign-owned social media apps could influence American politics.


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