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US Senate passes bill banning TikTok on government devices

The United States Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok on government devices.

“Just passed my bill banning TikTok on government devices on the Senate floor. Unanimous,” Senator Josh Hawley posted a message on Twitter.

The bill will now go to President Donald Trump to be signed into a law, which will prohibit federal employees from downloading or using TikTok – and all other apps developed by its Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance – on any device issued by the US government or government corporation.

Senator Hawley tweeted his special thanks to Senator Rick Scott, his “first and original cosponsor on this legislation, for his leadership and for joining me on the floor to see the bill adopted.” Hawley had introduced the bill first in March this year.

Senator Scott also hailed the Senate for the unanimous verdict, which called as “a powerful message” to companies run by the Chinese Communist Party.