The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill to ban the TikTok app for government agencies in the country. The voting was broadcast on the website of the upper house of the US legislature.
The decision was made unanimously. Senators believe that the app can allegedly pose a serious threat to US national security. According to their version, the company вЂ” owner of TikTok Beijing ByteDance collects data of Americans that can be used in cyberattacks against the United States.
Earlier, a similar amendment to the draft defense budget for the next fiscal year (starting in the country on October 1) was adopted by the House of representatives of the US Congress. As the Hill notes, it is still unclear whether the bill needs to be approved by a Commission of both chambers to agree on the details before it is sent to us President Donald Trump for signature.
On August 3, the US President said that the US Corporation Microsoft or another company from the US must conclude a deal to acquire TikTok by September 15, otherwise, the work of the social network will be banned in the United States. On July 31, the President said that he plans to ban TikTok in the United States.
Prior to this, Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that the President is going to force ByteDance to give up its stake in the American division of TikTok so that the company could not control the operation of the app in the country.
The concerns of the United States administration about the social network are related to allegations that its management is engaged in propaganda and transmits user data to the Chinese authorities.