TikTok is prohibited on government-issued devices in the US

TikTok is prohibited on government-issued devices in the US

Anyone with TikTok installed on their smartphone will be contacted to ask them to remove it, and new installations of the app are not permitted.

According to the administrative branch of the US House of Representatives, the widely used Chinese video app TikTok has been removed from all devices under its control. This mimics legislation that will soon be in force barring the programme from US government devices.

The software must be removed from all devices controlled by the House as it is deemed “high risk due to a variety of security vulnerabilities,” according to a note the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House delivered to all members and staff on Tuesday.

The new regulation follows a number of efforts by US state governments to prohibit TikTok, which is run by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd, from being used on official equipment. Because of worries that the Chinese government would use the app to follow Americans and restrict material, 19 states have at least partially barred the app from state-managed smartphones as of last week.

The software will no longer be accessible on devices under federal management under a provision of the $1.66 trillion omnibus funding agreement, which was passed last week and would finance the US government through September 30, 2023.

“The CAO worked with the Committee on House Administration to adopt a similar policy for the House,” a representative for the Chief Administrative Officer told Reuters on Tuesday. “With the passing of the Omnibus that outlawed TikTok on executive branch devices.”

The employees were informed that future downloads of TikTok were forbidden and that anyone found to have the app installed on their smartphone would be contacted to have it removed.

“The CAO worked with the Committee on House Administration to adopt a similar policy for the House,” a representative for the Chief Administrative Officer told Reuters on Tuesday. “With the passing of the Omnibus that outlawed TikTok on executive branch devices.”

The employees were informed that future downloads of TikTok were forbidden and that anyone found to have the app installed on their smartphone would be contacted to have it removed.

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