What is the move all about?
Everyone might have seen the “US No TikTok Bill” trending on social media, but what is it about?
The “US No TikTok Bill” is a piece of legislation proposed in the United States Congress. It seeks to ban the popular social media app TikTok on government-issued devices. The bill was introduced in February 2021 by Republican Senator Josh Hawley. It has gained support from both Democrats and Republicans.
The No TikTok Bill seeks to address data privacy and security concerns. TikTok faced scrutiny from US lawmakers over its alleged ties to the Chinese government. On top of banning the app, the bill would prohibit federal employees from using the app for work purposes.
The bill’s supporters argue that TikTok threatens national security. It notes that the app collects vast amounts of user data. These include location information and browsing history, which the Chinese government could access. They also express concern about the app’s potential to spread misinformation and propaganda.
But, critics of the No TikTok Bill argue that it is an overreach of government power and targets a single company. They also note that other popular social media apps, like Facebook and Instagram, collect user data and are subject to different levels of scrutiny.
The No TikTok Bill is currently being debated in Congress. It remains to be seen whether it will become a law.
Meanwhile, TikTok continues to be one of the world’s most popular social media apps, with over one billion active users. The app has faced bans in other countries, including India and Pakistan, over similar data privacy and security concerns.
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