TikTok Ban Included in Congressional Omnibus Bill

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A Congressional omnibus bill introduced this week includes legislation that would ban the social media app TikTok from government devices due to national security concerns.

The $1.65 trillion spending bill (pdf) introduced on Dec. 20 includes a measure that would ban TikTok from all devices in the executive branch, and closely resembles bans on the app already in place at the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State.

The “No TikTok on Government Devices Act” would mandate the removal of the app from devices owned and operated by executive branch employees, but would allow members of Congress to continue to use it. The act also includes a provision that would allow for the continued use of the app for law enforcement, national security, and research purposes.

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