The US House of Representatives voted for the same measure yesterday.
The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Josh Haley, who is one of the most outspoken critics of TikTok and who calls the Chinese app a threat to US national security. Haley is convinced that TikTok shares information about users – in particular about their location – with the Chinese government.
TikTok states that the servers that store the data of American users of the social network are located in Virginia and Singapore, with strict access conditions. The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to ban the use of TikTok by federal civil servants on Tuesday – the amendment passed under the National Defense Budget Law. The ban will also apply to members of Congress and their assistants and office staff.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump spoke about the idea of a complete ban on TikTok in the United States.