To the surprise of many, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has come out in support of a measure that would bar federal employees from using TikTok.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports adding legislation passed by the Senate this week, which would bar federal government employees from using Chinese-owned TikTok on government-owned devices, to a government funding bill.
The outlet adds, “a spokesman for Pelosi said she supports including the TikTok provision in legislation to fund the government that the House of Representatives is set to take up next week.”
Why ban TikTok?
It was back in August 2020 that then-President Donald Trump announced his administration’s decision to ban TikTok due to national security concerns that stem from the fact that TikTok has substantial ties to China’s communist government.
Many – particularly many Democrats – opposed Trump here. And, President Joe Biden, in June 2021, revoked Trump’s TikTok ban.
Since then, however, it has become more and more apparent that Trump was right about the dangers posed by TikTok. Reports have emerged indicating that not only does China have access to user information but it has accessed user information.
The “No TikTok on Government Devices Act”
This past week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the “No TikTok on Government Devices Act.” The act was sponsored by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rick Scott (R-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) of Florida, and Tom Cotton (R-AR).
Now, with Pelosi’s support, it appears that there is a decent chance that the measure will make it through the House. There are, however, some doubts about whether President Joe Biden would be willing to sign it into law.
TikTok, which has disputed the claims that have been made against it, slammed the legislation.
A TikTok spokesperson said:
It is troubling that rather than encouraging the administration to conclude its national security review of TikTok, some members of Congress have decided to push for politically-motivated bans that will do nothing to advance the national security of the United States.
States are also taking action
At the state level, there is a growing list of states that have already banned TikTok from state-owned devices.
These states include Montana, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Georgia, North Dakota, Idaho, and Iowa.
It ought to be noted that none of these bans stop the American people from using TikTok. It is estimated that over 100 million Americans use the app.