US invoice in search of to ban TikTok on authorities units scales via the primary hurdle
Donald Trump is not the President of the United States, but TikTok’s struggles are far from over. The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee unanimously passed a law preventing federal employees from downloading the Chinese social networking and video sharing app TikTok to U.S. government devices. The bill is sponsored by Senator Josh Hawley, who released a press release on Wednesday confirming the development. A search of the U.S. Senate and Congressional records reveals that this is not the first time a bill of this nature has been scaled at the committee level.
In the US, there are growing concerns that TikTok is rapidly gaining popularity, especially among teenagers, on charges that ByteDance, the app owner, is affiliated with the Chinese government. TikTok continues to insist that it has no relationship with Beijing.
Senator Hawley insists that TikTok poses an imminent security threat to the United States. He’s also calling on his peers across the partisan difference to band together to impartially support the bill, while the Senate continues to address Beijing’s covert data-gathering campaign using apps like TikTok.
In another development, the Italian data protection authority has asked TikTok to step up measures to prevent underage users from accessing the app after TikTok removed up to half a million users under the age of 13 in the past three months. This followed a closer government review of the app following the death of a 10-year-old girl who participated in a jaw-dropping challenge on the platform.
The regulator has ordered the social networking platform to terminate all accounts associated with users under the age of 13 within 48 hours and prevent access to underage users. TikTok has also been tasked with launching communication initiatives that clearly state that the app is not open to children under the age of 13.
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