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Lawmakers push to ban TikTok on government devices, discuss next steps

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The time for TikTok on pay phones is over.

Lawmakers are poised to ban the popular app from federal workers’ devices and are talking about taking even more aggressive steps to restrict the app.

The provision to ban the app from most federal government devices is part of a comprehensive spending package that is on the brink of passage in Congress.

Senator Josh Hawley led the charge.

“This is a big step, and it will be the biggest action against big tech that Congress has ever taken,” Hawley said.

He believes that the program is dangerous.

“This is a great risk to the privacy of Americans, as well as to national security,” Hawley said.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Mark Warner agrees. He believes that TikTok is a threat because it is owned by China and collects personal data of users that can be used against the United States. In addition, the Chinese government can influence what information people see on the app.

“The Chinese Communist Party can dial in the algorithms, and it will become a channel of disinformation, a channel of manipulation,” Warner said.

Senator Rick Scott says all Americans should consider ditching TikTok.

“Every parent should be skeptical of TikTok right now. It’s toxic to your kids,” Scott said.

Lawmakers say they’re not done with TikTok yet. They expected the Biden administration to take action.

“My patience is wearing thin,” Warner said. “The Biden administration had more than a year to find a way to keep Americans’ data safe and make sure TikTok didn’t become a propaganda tool.”

Hawley is also pushing the president’s team to take action.

“They should force the parent company to sell TikTok USA and keep Americans’ data safe,” Hawley said.

Both senators say that if the administration doesn’t do something, they believe Congress will.

“I think we will take legislative action next year,” Warner said.

Some in Congress are even proposing to ban TikTok entirely in the US. The proposal will probably not be considered until the next Congress.

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Lawmakers push to ban TikTok on government devices, discuss next steps

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The time for TikTok on pay phones is over.

Lawmakers are poised to ban the popular app from federal workers’ devices and are talking about taking even more aggressive steps to restrict the app.

The provision to ban the app from most federal government devices is part of a comprehensive spending package that is on the brink of passage in Congress.

Senator Josh Hawley led the charge.

“This is a big step, and it will be the biggest action against big tech that Congress has ever taken,” Hawley said.

He believes that the program is dangerous.

“This is a great risk to the privacy of Americans, as well as to national security,” Hawley said.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Mark Warner agrees. He believes that TikTok is a threat because it is owned by China and collects personal data of users that can be used against the United States. In addition, the Chinese government can influence what information people see on the app.

“The Chinese Communist Party can dial in the algorithms, and it will become a channel of disinformation, a channel of manipulation,” Warner said.

Senator Rick Scott says all Americans should consider ditching TikTok.

“Every parent should be skeptical of TikTok right now. It’s toxic to your kids,” Scott said.

Lawmakers say they’re not done with TikTok yet. They expected the Biden administration to take action.

“My patience is wearing thin,” Warner said. “The Biden administration had more than a year to find a way to keep Americans’ data safe and make sure TikTok didn’t become a propaganda tool.”

Hawley is also pushing the president’s team to take action.

“They should force the parent company to sell TikTok USA and keep Americans’ data safe,” Hawley said.

Both senators say that if the administration doesn’t do something, they believe Congress will.

“I think we will take legislative action next year,” Warner said.

Some in Congress are even proposing to ban TikTok entirely in the US. The proposal will probably not be considered until the next Congress.

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