TikTok Banned On All US Federal Government Devices Due To Security Concerns.
TikTok has been banned on all U.S. federal government devices following President Joe Biden’s signing of a bill that considers the social media app a security risk.
The ban will take effect in the next two months and will be implemented by several government agencies. However, certain exceptions will be made for government employees who use TikTok for national security or law enforcement purposes.
The U.S. government’s ban on TikTok comes after Congress passed a bill earlier this week prohibiting the use of the app on House of Representatives devices.
TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, has stated that the ban is a “political gesture” that will not enhance national security.
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The legislative pressure on TikTok has increased amid the app’s growing popularity, with over 1 billion users and a 45% increase in monthly active users between July 2020 and July 2022. TikTok has become especially popular among younger Americans, with nearly half of 18 to 30-year-olds and 67% of 13 to 18-year-olds using the platform daily.
TikTok has been banned from electronic devices managed by the US House of Representatives, according to an internal notice sent to House staff. https://t.co/TiVzpTdetH pic.twitter.com/ej9Dj0jaay
— CNN (@CNN) December 29, 2022
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