U.S. lawmakers early Tuesday included a proposal to bar federal government employees from using Chinese app TikTok on state-owned devices in a key spending bill.
The Senate last week voted on a bill sponsored by Republican Senator Josh Hawley that would ban federal employees from using ByteDance’s proprietary short video app on state-owned devices. It was the latest move by US lawmakers to crack down on Chinese companies over fears of national security.
The ban is a massive collectible measure to fund US government operations, which is expected to be voted on this week. The bill gives the White House Office of Administration and Budget 60 days “to develop standards and guidelines for law enforcement agencies requiring the removal of TikTok from federal devices.”
Reuters earlier reported the expected incorporation of the proposed ban into legislation.
Last week’s proposal won the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy.
TikTok said the concerns are largely fueled by misinformation. The legislation would not affect the more than 100 million Americans who use TikTok on personal or corporate devices.
Many federal agencies, including the White House and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State, are already banning TikTok from state-owned devices.
Also on Monday, state agencies in Louisiana and West Virginia were the latest to ban the use of TikTok on government devices over concerns that China could use it to track Americans and censor content.
Around 19 of the 50 US states have now at least partially blocked access to government computers on TikTok. Most of the restrictions came within the last two weeks.
In 2020, then-Republican President Donald Trump tried to block new users from downloading TikTok and ban other transactions that would have effectively blocked use of the app in the United States, but lost a string of court battles.
The US government’s Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), a national security agency, has been seeking a national security agreement to protect US TikTok users’ data for months, but it appears that no agreement will be reached before the end of the year .
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/us-lawmakers-include-ban-on-tiktok-on-government-devices-in-spending-proposal-42231900.html US lawmakers include a ban on TikTok on government devices in the spending proposal