US Senator Proposes TikTok Ban
for Government Workers
March 05, 2020
senator is introducing legislation that would ban government
employees from using the social media app TikTok on their government
Josh Hawley, a Republican representing the state of Missouri, said
at a hearing Wednesday the data the Chinese-owned app collects and
the potential for it to be shared with China’s government represent
a “majority security risk for the American people.”
He said similar bans are in place at some of the biggest federal
agencies, including the Department of Defense and the State
did not say exactly when he would introduce the bill.
The effort is the latest security scrutiny of TikTok, which allows
users to post and view short videos.
The company has said any data from U.S. users is stored in the
United States and not subject to any Chinese government
It says it understands the safety concerns, but thinks they are
unfounded, and that it has reached out to lawmakers in order to
explain its policies.
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