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US Senate votes to ban TikTok on government phones

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(FILES) This file photo illustration taken on April 13, 2020 shows the social media application logo for TikTok on a phone screen in Arlington, Virginia. – China accused the United States on August 4, 2020 of “bullying” over popular video app TikTok, after President Donald Trump ramped up pressure for its US operations to be sold to a US company. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

The US Senate voted Thursday to bar TikTok from being downloaded onto US government employees’ telephones, intensifying US scrutiny of the popular Chinese-owned video app.

The bill passed by the Republican controlled Senate now goes to the House of Representatives, led by Democrats.

“TikTok is a major security risk and has no place on government devices,” said Republican Senator Josh Hawley, the sponsor of the bill.

President Donald Trump, who has locked horns with China on a range of issues including trade and the pandemic, has set a deadline of mid-September for TikTok to be acquired by a US firm or be banned in the US.


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