Some US lawmakers want to ban the hyper popular social media platform, TikTok, from being used on government devices due to concerns over foreign spying.
A bill introduced by US Senators Josh Hawley and Rick Scott proposes banning the app for government employees using work-related devices citing TikTok’s ties and data sharing practices with China’s government.
TikTok is owned by the Chinese conglomerate ByteDancce, which also runs the China-facing version of TikTok called Douyin.
The bill comes as several U.S. agencies that deal with national security and intelligence issues including the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security have banned employees from using the app.
US lawmakers want to ban the use of TikTok on phones owned by federal employees over concerns that it may share data with the Chiense government
It is also the latest attempt to rein in technology companies by Hawley, who has repeatedly clashed with big tech companies and has a notably nuanced and aggressive approach when questioning tech executives in congressional hearings.
‘TikTok is owned by a Chinese company that includes Chinese Communist Party members on its board, and it is required by law to share user data with Beijing,’ Hawley said.
‘As many of our federal agencies have already recognized, TikTok is a major security risk to the United States, and it has no place on government devices.’
The app has been rapidly growing in popularity among U.S. teenagers and allows users to create short videos.
About 60 percent of TikTok´s 26.5 million monthly active users in the United States are between the ages of 16 and 24, the company said last year.
In November, the U.S. government launched a national security review of ByteDance $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly.
TikTok has been on the defensive as lawmakers and law enforcement agencies take a closer look at its data security practices amid concerns that it engages in censorship at the behest of the Chinese government.
TikTok has had real impacts on cultural trends in the years since its launch. For example, ‘Old Town Road,’ currently the number one song in the world, picked up steam on TikTok
The company previously said U.S. user data is stored in the United States and that China does not have jurisdiction over content that is not in China.
A TikTok spokesman told Reuters last week Hawley’s concerns were unfounded and that the company is increasing its dialog with lawmakers to explain its policies. The spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
In November, Hawley unveiled a bill that would bar companies from China, Russia or other countries that present national security concerns from transferring Americans’ data back within their borders – where it could be used to spy on the United States.
The bill also prevented the companies from collecting data that isn´t necessary to the operation of their business, such as phone contacts or location in the case of TikTok.
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