Caixin
Caixin Global – Latest China News & Headlines

Home >

ABOUT US

CX Tech is Caixin Global's real-time tech news portal, featuring 24-hour news, short-form analysis, and roundups from business and tech media in China.

LATEST
Trending in China: Venerated Literary Translator Xu Yuanchong Dies at Age 100
Apple Touch-Screen Supplier Biel Crystal Plans Second Bite at Hong Kong Listing
Stop Annoying China With Spam Texts, E-Commerce Giants Told
Baidu Partners With Automaker BAIC on New Apollo Robotaxi
Trending in China: Wanda Tycoon’s Son Accused of Harassing a Woman for Four Years
Used Gadget Specialist Aihuishou Aims for $261 Million IPO
Retail Giant Suning’s Founder Has Shares Frozen Amid Cash Crunch
ByteDance Seeks to Monetize Its Recommendation Tech With Launch of Volcano Engine
Alibaba Developing Self-Driving Trucks With Logistics Arm Cainiao
Chinese LGBTQ Dating App Owner BlueCity Derives 80% of First-Quarter Revenue From Livestreaming
Huawei Opens Cybersecurity Center in South China to Share Best Practices
Hanson Robotics Launches Social Robot Prototype for Health Care
Geek+ Wins Contract from Hong Kong's Circle K to Deploy Depot Robots
Two Tesla Models Among China's Three Best-Selling Electric Cars in May
Xiaomi, Meituan Co-Lead New Funding Round for Lidar Developer Hesai
Dating Apps Operator Momo Reports Revenue and Profit Down as Paying Users Shrink
CATL and BYD in Talks with Apple for EV Battery Supply
Trending in China: Beijinger’s Tirade Against ‘Stinky’ Migrant Sparks Condemnation
Delivery Platform Dada Losses Swell Despite Healthy Revenue Growth
Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo Sold One-Third of the World’s Smartphones in First Quarter
U.S. Senate Advances Bill That Would Ban TikTok from Government Devices

Ding Yi / May 13, 2021 05:41 PM / World

A senior U.S. lawmaker who labeled TikTok a national security threat due to its alleged ties to the Chinese government, said Wednesday that his bill designed to prohibit federal employees from downloading the short video app onto government devices had unanimously passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The move is a new blow for the ByteDance-owned app, which has been making efforts to ease American policymakers’ concerns over how it handles user data. Several U.S. government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration have already banned their workers from using TikTok on government devices, claiming that Beijing may be able to monitor their activity.

“TikTok is an immediate security threat that no has place on government devices,” said Senator Josh Hawley, who originally introduced the bill in March 2020, in a statement. He described the app as part of “Beijing’s covert data collection campaign.” TikTok has consistently denied that it hands over data to the Chinese government. The app has also set up a transparency center in the U.S. to give external experts a peek at how it moderates content uploaded onto its platform.

Last year, TikTok was on the verge of death in the U.S. as the former Trump administration threatened to block it if its parent ByteDance refused to sell the app’s American assets. The risk still exists in the era of Joe Biden, whose government is still reviewing his predecessor’s policies toward Chinese-owned apps.

The U.S. lost its position in a SensorTower-issued list of TikTok’s major download contributors for April, in a sharp contrast with the same month of last year, when the country was the app’s second-largest source of downloads after India, which in January imposed a permanent ban on TikTok due to national security concerns.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: TikTok Begins Testing In-App Shopping to Challenge Facebook

 


Share this article
Open WeChat and scan the QR code