The news: The US Senate passed legislation last week to ban ByteDance’s popular TikTok app from US government devices. It’s the latest and most concrete pushback against the app, per Insider.
A Senate united: The Senate unanimously voted to approve the No TikTok on Government Devices Act, a bill authored by Sen. Josh Hawley.
Intensifying pushback: At least seven US states, the US military, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have banned the app.
Banning beyond government: Continued reprisal against TikTok from US government agencies and local governments could expand into the public sector, with businesses, schools, and other organizations banning the app to safeguard user data.
The problem: A permanent US TikTok ban, while unlikely, would benefit Meta, Instagram, YouTube, Snap, and other social media outlets that have already co-opted some of TikTok’s most popular features.
While TikTok’s future in the US is uncertain, the popular app may be too big to ban successfully, especially since various small businesses have thrived using the app to promote their products and services.
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