Senate to ban TikTok on federal devices

"The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to ban the use of the social media app TikTok on federal devices, weeks after the House approved a similar measure," reports The Hill:

The legislation, sponsored primarily by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), would ban the app's use on all federal government devices, following bans on the app already put in place by the Army and the Transportation Security Administration due to potential security threats.

"In light of all we know, it is unthinkable to me that we should continue to permit federal employees, those workers entrusted with sensitive government data, to access this app on their work phones and computers," Hawley said in a statement on Thursday. "I'm encouraged by the bipartisan support we have seen in this body to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and that includes, by the way, holding accountable those corporations who would just do China's bidding."

He added that, "if I have anything to say about it, we won't be stopping here."

In addition to Hawley and Scott, Senate sponsors of the bill included Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Kennedy (R-La.), and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.).

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