The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to ban federal employees from downloading TikTok on government devices.
The bill, which will now head to congress, is expected to pass and eventually end up on President Biden’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law.
Senator Josh Hawley, who co-sponsored the legislation with other senators, said, “TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party. It’s a major security risk.” Senator Hawley continued by saying that until TikTok completely “severs its ties” with China, “it will have no place on government devices.”
This all comes as US agencies have warned about the national security risks associated with TikTok due to its ties to the Chinese government. Recently, FBI Director Christopher Wray voiced his concern about TikTok’s presence in the United States and the possibility that the Chinese government could control its algorithms, essentially controlling what users see. In addition, there has been growing concern that the Chinese government could use TikTok to spy on Americans.
Despite this, TikTok has maintained that this is all being done for “political theater” and argues that their US operations are not influenced by the Chinese government.