The United States House of Representatives Approve banning Chinese origin TikTok App on all government-issued smartphones and tablets
The United States moved forward in its goal to ban the Chinese origin TikTok video uploading App from iPhones and Android smartphones/tablets. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican lawmaker’s proposal that blocks all federal employees from using TikTok App on government-issued smartphones and tablets.
An amendment banning the use of TikTok on government devices was attached to the annual defense policy approved by the House Tuesday. The proposal put up by Republican lawmaker, Ken Buck from Colorado, would bar federal employees from downloading the short-form video app onto government-issued devices.
The successful amendment comes amid rising scrutiny of TikTok as a national security threat because of its ties to China. The U.S. government accuses the TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, of using the App to pass on critical information to the PLA and communist government of China.
ByteDance disagrees with this US accusation and has maintained that it does not transfer data to the Chinese government. A spokesperson for TikTok said in a statement that the TikTok app is for “for entertainment and creative expression, which we recognize is not what federal government devices are for.”
There is, however, long-standing legislation in China which makes it mandatory for all Chinese origin companies to share data of ‘vital importance‘ with the CCP and PLA. India has already banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese Apps for the same reasons. Indian ban came after the fateful 15th June Galwan Valley clashes in which 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred.