US Senator Proposes TikTok Ban for Government Workers

Posted on March 5, 2020 12:12 am

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A U.S. senator is introducing legislation that would ban government employees from using the social media app TikTok on their government devices.

Josh Hawley, a Republican representing the state of Missouri, said at a hearing Wednesday the data the Chinese-owned app collects and the potential for it to be shared with China’s government represent a “majority security risk for the American people.”

He said similar bans are in place at some of the biggest federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the State Department.

Hawley did not say exactly when he would introduce the bill.

The effort is the latest security scrutiny of