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Congress moves to ban TikTok from US government devices

2022-12-20 17:56 by


TikTok would be banned from most U.S. government devices under a government spending bill Congress unveiled early Tuesday, the latest push by American lawmakers against the Chinese-owned social media app.

TikTok is owned by the Beijing-based company ByteDance. The omnibus bill's measure extends the ban to "any successor application or service developed or provided by ByteDance Limited or an entity owned by ByteDance Limited."

TikTok is consumed by two-thirds of American teens and has become the second-most popular domain in the world. But there's long been bipartisan concern in Washington that Beijing would use legal and regulatory power to seize American user data or try to push pro-China narratives or misinformation.

"We're disappointed that Congress has moved to ban TikTok on government devices - a political gesture that will do nothing to advance national security interests - rather than encouraging the administration to conclude its national security review," TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter said in a statement to Recode.

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