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US House bans TikTok from official devices


Washington
CNN

TikTok has been banned from electronics controlled by the US House of Representatives, according to an internal notice sent to House officials.

According to a notice provided to CNN by the Office of the Chief Executive Officer, users who installed the short-form video app on House’s mobile devices will be asked to remove the software.

The notice identifies TikTok as “a high risk for users due to numerous security risks.”

Separately, the U.S. government plans to ban TikTok from all federal devices as part of legislation contained in a $1.7 trillion blanket bill awaiting signature by President Joe Biden. comes after more than a dozen states have implemented their own bans on TikTok on government devices in recent weeks.

TikTok has previously called its effort to ban the app from government devices a “political gesture that does nothing to further national security interests.” I refused.

U.S. policymakers have cited TikTok as a potential national security risk, and the Chinese government could pressure TikTok or its parent company ByteDance to hand over personal information of U.S. users. said. China-sponsored disinformation.

There’s no evidence that it actually happened, but the company confirmed last week that it fired four employees for inappropriately accessing TikTok user data for two journalists on its platform.

Since 2020, TikTok has been negotiating potential deals with the U.S. government to resolve national security concerns and keep the app available to U.S. users. TikTok said the potential agreement under consideration covers “major concerns around corporate governance, content recommendation and moderation, and data security and access.” We take several steps to organizationally and technically separate user data from the rest of TikTok’s business.

But with the apparent lack of progress in negotiations, some TikTok critics, including at the congressional and state levels, are calling for the app to be banned from government devices and possibly more broadly.