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US-China tensions

U.S. push to ban TikTok rekindled amid privacy and security concerns

Momentum grows to keep video-sharing app off government-owned devices

At least 12 states have banned the use of TikTok on state-owned equipment and IT networks as of Dec. 13.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has stepped up efforts to ban the use of TikTok, the popular video-sharing app owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, with the House of Representatives approving legislation Friday that would bar the app from government-owned devices.

The move comes amid revelations that TikTok employees had sought to improperly obtain personal data of journalists. Legislation for an outright ban on TikTok's operations in the U.S. is also under consideration.

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