US Senator John Hawley from Missouri proposed a bill to ban TikTok from all US Government devices. The Senate’s committee on Homeland Security pass the bill and it will now proceed through congress for more approvals. TikTok has been under intense scrutiny from the US Government and the Pentagon has already banned it from military devices.
Expanding on the Pentagon’s suggestions, Congress considering banning the Chinese software on all Government devices will broaden the restrictions to many more devices. Government devices, especially those among lawmakers could likely be a higher priority target than those of the military. Currently disputes between US and China are not military conflicts.
The main concern with TiktTok has been how the app is able to backdoor and gain root access to the users phone. This grants Chinese access to users’ photos, text message history, browsers history, camera data and microphone recordings. It’s plausible that phones with the app installed could be used as a botnet.
A Trump Campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma was attacked by TikTok users. New York representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez praised TikTok users for submitting fake requests for tickets to the rally. The Trump campaign was flooded with millions of requests that in retrospect, were like Tiktok botnets on unsuspecting US user’s phones.