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S. 3455: No TikTok on Government Devices Act

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Should the Beijing-headquartered video app be deemed a national security threat?


The video-sharing app TikTok has become the hot new app particularly among younger audiences. It was the fourth-most downloaded app of 2019, besting such heavyweights as Netflix, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Spotify. 69% of its audience are from Generation Z.

Launched in China in 2012 and expanding to non-Chinese markets in 2017, the app is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Reports have revealed TikTok censored videos that were deemed offensive to China’s Communist Party, and reportedly may have allowed the Chinese government to obtain data from U.S. users. (Although TikTok has denied the practice.)

As a result, several U.S. government agencies or departments in recent months have banned the app for its employees ...

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Joshua Hawley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Missouri. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Mar 12, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Mar 12, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 12, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

49% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 12, 2020

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S. 3455 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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