(NewsReady.com) – If you have a smartphone, then you probably have a plethora of apps installed for various activities. There are so many available, and each one performs complicated functions that, really, there’s almost no way for the layman to truly know what they all do. One of these apps has recently surged in popularity among content creators and younger phone users in general: TikTok.
TikTok is an app that lets users create and share short videos, but it has a dirty secret — it’s directly linked to the Chinese government.
ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, is required by law to share user data with Beijing. Given that federal employees are sure to use smartphones, this app is a significant security risk. That’s why Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) have drafted legislation to ban employees from installing TikTok on federal work phones.
We should be very concerned about the threat of Communist China.
The use of apps like TikTok by federal employees on government devices is a risk to our networks & a threat to our national security, and I’m proud to join @HawleyMO to put an end to it. pic.twitter.com/tLd3M7DAQS
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) March 12, 2020
While the company behind TikTok has promised to be more transparent about the app’s coding, functionality, and other privacy-related issues, these two senators are taking pre-emptive steps to safeguard our government.
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