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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?

Context

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 ...

Sponsor and status

Joshua Hawley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Missouri. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Length: 6 pages
Introduced
Mar 12, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Passed Senate (House next) on Aug 6, 2020

This bill passed in the Senate on August 6, 2020 and goes to the House next for consideration.

Prognosis
92% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates new spending due to S. 3455 will be negligible.

History

Mar 12, 2020
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jul 22, 2020
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Aug 6, 2020
 
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 10, 2020
 
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
 
Passed House

 
Signed by the President

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

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3455. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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