WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – TikTok could be banned from most US government electronic equipment under a congressional bill unveiled Tuesday, the latest action by US politicians against the Chinese-owned social network.
The government’s $1.7 trillion budget package includes a measure for the Joe Biden administration to ban the use of TikTok or any other app developed by ByteDance Ltd. The requirements would apply to the executive branch—except for national security purposes, law enforcement and investigative purposes—and apparently do not include Congress, where a handful of lawmakers have TikTok accounts.
Two-thirds of teens in the United States use TikTok and it has become the second most used app in the world. But there is concern in Washington that Beijing could use legal and regulatory powers to obtain data from US users or try to push a pro-China narrative or propaganda.
On Friday, CIA Director William Burns said Beijing “could go so far as to extract the personal data of many TikTok users in this country and shape the content that goes through TikTok, in addition to leading interests.” Sugar “.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, was seeking to include the TikTok provision in the larger year-end bill. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri who authored a TikTok bill that passed the Senate last week, said the ban of the app on government equipment is “the biggest blow ever against Big Tech.”
ByteDance has not commented on the matter. He has said on other occasions that TikTok is incorporated in the United States and complies with US law.