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TikTok ban for gov devices included in massive omnibus bill
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The text of the massive 4,115-page omnibus bill for funding the government came out overnight, and it includes a ban on the social media app TikTok for government devices.
The measure, known as the No TikTok on Government Devices Act, prohibits use of the social media app on government-issued devices. It was pushed heavily by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who introduced it alongside Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
"Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget … shall develop standards and guidelines for executive agencies requiring the removal of any covered application from information technology," the bill says.
The bill carves out "exceptions for law enforcement activities, national security interests and activities, and security researchers," while noting that for any use falling under those exceptions, government agencies must "develop and document risk mitigation actions for such use."
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"TikTok will soon be BANNED on all government devices," Hawley tweeted Tuesday morning.
The inclusion of the TikTok ban in the omnibus bill comes days after a standalone bill passed unanimously in the Senate.
"TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party. It’s a major security risk to the United States, and until it is forced to sever ties with China completely, it has no place on government devices," Hawley said in a statement at the time. "States across the U.S. are banning TikTok on government devices. It’s time for Joe Biden and the Democrats to help do the same."