The No TikTok Act, which was introduced by Congressman Tim Walberg, was included in the spending bill after it passed the Senate.
After initially raising concerns about the wording of the legislation, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi supported it when it was included in the spending bill. Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California also urged Pelosi to allow a vote on the bill.
Wonders never cease https://t.co/3S3MxoKaJM
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 20, 2022
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri stated on Twitter that the ban on TikTok would be the first major action against Big Tech. She noted that the legislation would be a victory for the people of Missouri.
The legislation would prevent the creation, operation, or maintenance of any social media app or service that is designed or developed by ByteDance Limited, except for national security and law enforcement purposes.
The United States Senate passed legislation Wednesday night by unanimous consent to ban the Chinese social media app TikTok from U.S. government devices amid national security risks. https://t.co/St2K1Efy72
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 16, 2022
According to Congressman Tim Walberg, TikTok is a Trojan Horse that China uses to infiltrate the US. Until it is forced to remove its ties with the Communist Party of China, it will not be allowed on government devices. He noted that the Democratic Party and Joe Biden should join the other states in banning TikTok.
A spokesperson for TikTok stated that the legislation passed by the Senate would not do anything to improve the country's national security interests.
Several state governors have also announced that they would ban TikTok from their state government devices. Some of the Republican governors who have joined the list include Georgia's Brian Kemp, Montana's Greg Gianforte, Alabama's Kay Ivey, and Iowa's Kim Reynolds.
Under the leadership of Donald Trump in 2020, the US government tried to ban TikTok. However, it resulted in the company's parent company selling the app to an American company.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Breit Bart.