Politicians around the country have successfully created a ban from allowing TikTok on local government issued devices such as cell phones and laptops. Now, the federal government has followed suit.
On Wednesday night, the Senate unanimously approved a measure which bans federal employees from downloading and using TikTok on all government devices. The move was “made out of security concerns over the app and its Chinese-owned parent company ByteDance” reports CBS News.
“TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party. It’s a major security risk to the United States, and until it is forced to sever ties with China completely, it has no place on government devices,” stated GOP Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri after the measure passed. Hawley, who introduced the measure added, “States across the U.S. are banning TikTok on government devices. It’s time for Joe Biden and the Democrats to help do the same.”
The bill states that the director of the Office of Management and Budget must “develop standards and guidelines for executive agencies requiring the removal of TikTok, with exceptions for law enforcement and national security activities” writes CBS.
Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “we do have national security concerns,” about the social media app. “They include the possibility that the Chinese government could use it to control data collection on millions of users.”
Naturally, Michael Beckerman, TikTok’s head of public policy for the Americas, stated it’s all overreaction. With the threat of losing significant money, Beckerman told CBS News this week that the “makes for good politics.” He also claimed TikTok collects less data than other social media apps and is working to move user data to servers in the U.S., out of reach of China.
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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea
The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.
US, Chinese jets in close encounter over South China Sea pic.twitter.com/X8fbV84neF
— PressTV Extra (@PresstvExtra) December 29, 2022
The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.
According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.
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