WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the Senate’s unanimous passage of his and Senator Josh Hawley’s bill to ban all federal employees from using TikTok on government devices. Several government agencies have already banned TikTok on federal government devices due to cybersecurity concerns and possible spying by the Communist Chinese government. The Administration also recently announced it is considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, following reports the app shared data with the Communist Chinese government.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Today, the U.S. Senate sent a powerful message to all companies controlled by the Communist Party of China. Companies like TikTok, under the control of Communist China, are obligated to spy, steal user data and censor any content the government wishes. We’ve watched the Communist Party of China use drones to spy on our citizens, now they are using apps like TikTok to surveil us. We must protect all Americans from this risk. I’m glad the Senate agreed to pass my bill with Senator Hawley today to ban this app on government devices, eliminating a threat to U.S. networks and to national security.”