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US Passes Legislation to Ban TikTok From Government Devices

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Published on: 16 December 2022 at 22:52 IST

United States considering national-security, unanimously passed legislation prohibiting Us Government Employees from using TikTok on government devices.

United States Senate unanimously passed legislation called the “Averting the National Threat of Internet Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and Influence, and Algorithmic Learning by the Chinese Communist Party Act” (Anti-Social CCP Act) which is prohibiting government employees from installing and using the short-form video hosting service app TikTok on government devices.

The legislation to restrict use of Chinese app was introduced in the US Senate by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, ratcheting up pressure on ByteDance due to US fears the app could be used to spy on Americans and censure content.

The legislation would block all transactions from any social media company in or under the influence of China and Russia, Senator Marco Rubio said.

This legislation is named as the “Averting the National Threat of Internet Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and Influence, and Algorithmic Learning by the Chinese Communist Party Act” (Anti-Social CCP Act) and is expected to protect Americans by blocking and prohibiting all transactions from any social media company in China, among other countries.

Senators believes this will help to stop Chinese Spying activities. The vote is the latest action on the part of US lawmakers to crackdown on Chinese companies amid national security fears that Beijing could use them to spy on Americans.

The Senate action comes after North Dakota and Iowa this week joined a growing number of U.S. states in banning TikTok, owned by ByteDance, from state-owned devices amid concerns that data could be passed on to the Chinese government.