Appropriation bill including clause `` Prohibition of TikTok use on government smartphones '' passed by the US Congress

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Video sharing service TikTok is gaining popularity not only in Japan but all over the world. On the other hand, TikTok also has concerns that ``user information may be provided to the Chinese government,'' and in the United States, ``a bill prohibiting the use of TikTok on government devices' ' has been passed by Congress. I'm here. A new appropriation bill has been passed in both houses of parliament, including a provision on ``prohibiting the use of TikTok on government devices''.

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TikTok is widely used around the world, but ``user data is shared with the Chinese government,'' ``misinformation about important matters such as elections is easily spread,'' and ``information is biased by censorship by the Chinese government.'' ” is a concern. In fact, in December 2022, it turned out that ``an employee of ByteDance, which operates TikTok, was trying to identify the person who illegally obtained the IP address of an American journalist and leaked information to the journalist.'' It has been revealed that TikTok user data could be viewed illegally.

It turned out that an employee of TikTok's parent company ByteDance was trying to track down the IP address of an American journalist - GIGAZINE

As a countermeasure to the above concerns, restrictions on the use of TikTok are being considered in the United States, and in November 2022, a `` bill to prohibit the use of TikTok on government smartphones '' was unanimously approved by the Senate. Passed. Newly, in December 2022, the Senate passed an appropriation bill that included a clause on ``prohibiting the use of TikTok on government devices,'' and concrete moves to limit TikTok have begun.

Following the passage of the appropriation bill, Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said, ``TikTok has been deceiving the US government and the public for several years.'' ``I want to deal with the dangers of TikTok. We welcome a bipartisan victory.'

The bill passed this time prohibits the use of TikTok on 'government devices', but in the United States, a bill 'ANTI-SOCIAL' that completely prohibits TikTok's sales activities in the United States by a bipartisan group of lawmakers CCP Act (Anti-Social Chinese Communist Party Law)' has also been submitted, and it seems that the movement of the US Congress will continue to attract attention.

``TikTok ban bill'' is submitted to Congress, aimed at preventing data delivery to the Chinese Communist Party-GIGAZINE

On the other hand, TikTok is working on measures such as ``storing American user data on a server in the United States'' and ``auditing TikTok's code to Oracle'' in order to maintain business activities in the United States. is reported to have reached $ 1.5 billion (about 200 billion yen).

TikTok spends 200 billion yen to persuade the US government to admit that ``TikTok is a secure app operated independently of the Chinese government''-GIGAZINE

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