Selin ATAY-TDO- The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill from the Republican Senator Josh Hawley banning federal employees from using video-sharing app TikTok on government-issued devices, amid threats from the White House to ban the company.

The app has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the Trump administration over national security concerns since China’s ByteDance owning the technology.

US President Donald Trump said on August 3 he would ban China- based social media platform in the country on September 15.  Therefore, the company has until September 15 to decide whether to sell its U.S. operations to Microsoft Corp or face an outright ban.

Under a Chinese law, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate in the country’s national intelligence work.

"TikTok is a major national security risk and has no place in government devices," Republican Senator Josh Hawley said after the vote.

“I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support we have seen in this body to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and that includes ... holding accountable those corporations who would just do China’s bidding,” the Republican Senator Hawley said in a statement.  “And, if I have anything to say about it, we won’t be stopping here,” the Republican Senator Hawley added.

As part of a proposal, offered by Representative Ken Buck, the House of Representatives last month voted to bar federal employees from downloading the app on government-issued devices.

With passage in the House and approval by the Senate, the app prohibition is expected to soon become law in the U.S.

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