New Delhi: The Senate in United States unanimously passed a bill that will put a ban on the Chinese-owned popular video sharing app TikTok on all government issued devices.
“Just passed my bill banning TikTok on government devices on the Senate floor. Unanimous,” tweeted Senator Josh Hawley.
The bill will now be presented to US president Donald Trump who will sign it to make it a law. The new law will prohibit federal employees from downloading or using TikTok on any device that has been issued by the United States government or a government corporation in US.
Senator Hawley thanked Senator Rick Scott in a tweet. Josh Hawley was the person who first introduced the bill first in March this year.
Senator Scott also hailed the Senate for the unanimous verdict, and said that the bill will send a “a powerful message” to companies run by the Chinese Communist Party.
“Today the US Senate sent a powerful message to all companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. Companies like TikTok, under the control of Communist China, are obligated to spy, steal user data and censor any content the Government wishes,” said Senator Scott said in his statement.
“I am glad that the Senate agreed to pass my bill with Senator Hawley today to ban this app on government devices, eliminating a threat to US networks and to national security,” he added.
Earlier, US president Donald Trump had announced September 15 as deadline for TikTok to find a US buyer or else he will shut down the app in the country.
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