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GOP lawmaker wants to eliminate TikTok at a host of federal agencies and military posts

ALLAN SMITH
September 16, 2022, 12:09 PM

Mario Tama
Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., downloaded TikTok about two years ago after hearing a lot of buzz about the popular video-sharing app. But he found it disappointing, saying it did not serve him content much more “compelling” than what he would watch on Facebook Reels or Instagram Stories.

“I never really developed into much of an active user,” he told NBC News. He said that after he learned about ByteDance, the Beijing-based company which owns TikTok, he deactivated his account and removed the app from his phone.

And now, he wants to eliminate it from many more devices.

Last week, Johnson introduced the “Block the Tok Act,” which would prohibit the installation and use of TikTok on all government devices, as well as personal devices at military installations and a host of federal agencies, including the State Department, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and others in the intelligence-gathering community

GOP lawmaker wants to eliminate TikTok at a host of federal agencies and military posts

ALLAN SMITH
September 16, 2022, 12:09 PM

Mario Tama
Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., downloaded TikTok about two years ago after hearing a lot of buzz about the popular video-sharing app. But he found it disappointing, saying it did not serve him content much more “compelling” than what he would watch on Facebook Reels or Instagram Stories.

“I never really developed into much of an active user,” he told NBC News. He said that after he learned about ByteDance, the Beijing-based company which owns TikTok, he deactivated his account and removed the app from his phone.

And now, he wants to eliminate it from many more devices.

Last week, Johnson introduced the “Block the Tok Act,” which would prohibit the installation and use of TikTok on all government devices, as well as personal devices at military installations and a host of federal agencies, including the State Department, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and others in the intelligence-gathering community

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