Congress Passes Bill To Ban TikTok From Federal Devices

On December 23, the U.S. Congress approved a bill to ban TikTok on federal devices, making it part of the government spending bill. The No TikTok on Government Devices Act, sponsored by Sen. Josh Hawley, was included in the $1.7 trillion fiscal year 2023 government funding bill approved by the Senate on Thursday and the House on Friday.

Federal employees are prohibited from downloading or accessing TikTok through any federally issued device or network, except when the app is used to establish risk mitigation measures.

President Biden said in a statement on Dec. 23 that he would sign the government spending package as soon as it reaches his desk.

The White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department have issued rules prohibiting the use of TikTok on federal government devices.

Nineteen states, including Texas and Florida, have banned the social media app to varying degrees via state-government-issued devices. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said the U.S. will introduce larger bipartisan legislation to facilitate reaching a full ban on TikTok in the U.S.

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