More US States Ban TikTok on Govt. Devices

    More US States Ban TikTok on Govt. Devices
    Last updated Dec 20, 2022
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    • On Monday, Louisiana and West Virginia became the latest states to ban TikTok on government devices amid concerns data obtained by the Chinese-owned social media app may fall into the hands of its government.[1]
    • This aligns with the Senate's decision last week to ban the app on government devices. The bill still needs approval from the House before going to Pres. Joe Biden. Additionally, the House would need to pass the bill before the current congressional session ends, which is expected this week.[2]
    • Support for the bill was largely bipartisan, with both sides of the aisle claiming that TikTok could negatively impact US national security.[3]
    • However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated last week that she had yet to decide whether the House will join the Senate in backing the legislation, saying, "we're checking with the administration — just in terms of language — not in terms of being opposed to the idea."[4]
    • At least 19 states — including Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Idaho, New Hampshire, Maryland, North Dakota, and Utah — have banned or restricted the use of the app on government devices. Washington is also considering similar measures.[5]
    • TikTok has been the subject of controversy for years, as, in 2020, the Senate also unanimously approved legislation to bar TikTok from government devices. Meanwhile, the company has said that concerns regarding its data usage are largely driven by misinformation.[6]


    Anti-China narrative

    TikTok is a trojan horse for the Chinese Communist Party, and its presence is a major security risk to the US. The company must be forced to sever ties with China completely before it can be allowed on government devices. Besides the fact that TikTok is essentially digital fentanyl for America's youth, it is a direct line for the Chinese government to spy on US citizens.

    Pro-China narrative

    The faux outrage against TikTok is just another facet of the US's anti-China hysteria. TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world, and it would be patently absurd to believe that it is being used as a "trojan horse" against US citizens. It is ironic that American companies, as well as the US government, who constantly spy on US citizens, are now blaming China for the very thing they themselves are guilty of.

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