Restrictions on TikTok in the United States

Restrictions on TikTok in the United States

TikTok Bans in the United States

TikTok Bans in the United States

Throughout the United States, the social media service TikTok has faced partial and attempted bans. Here's a summary:

Federal Government Actions

  • TikTok faced partial and attempted bans due to concerns over user data collection and influence operations by the Chinese government.
  • In 2020, the Trump administration considered banning TikTok, but the attempts were stopped by the courts and later by President Joe Biden.
  • Efforts in April 2024 by the United States House of Representatives included provisions in H.R. 815 to effectively ban TikTok unless ByteDance makes a qualified divestiture of its subsidiary. The bill was later approved by the Senate.
  • In January 2020, the U.S. Army and Navy banned TikTok on government devices after the Defense Department labeled it a security risk.

Trump Administration Actions

  • In 2020, the U.S. government considered banning TikTok upon a request from President Donald Trump, who viewed it as a national security threat.
  • ByteDance, TikTok's owner, agreed to divest TikTok to prevent a ban in the U.S.

Biden Administration Actions

  • In December 2022, President Joe Biden signed the No TikTok on Government Devices Act, prohibiting the use of the app on federal government devices.
  • In January 2023, Senator Josh Hawley introduced a bill to ban the platform nationwide, but it was blocked in the Senate.
  • In March 2024, President Biden said he would sign into law a bill banning TikTok unless it divests from ByteDance.

State Actions

As of April 2023, at least 34 out of 50 states have announced or enacted bans on state government agencies, employees, and contractors using TikTok on government-issued devices.

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