The push to ban TikTok in several state governments and college campuses has now extended to the government as the US House of Representatives has ordered the app removed from all home-controlled devices.
The new policy is set to enforce “effective immediately”, received by email from Fox News, because the “TikTok mobile application [is] pose a high risk to users due to a number of security vulnerabilities.”
House members were told that they will not be able to download or redownload the app once it has been uninstalled and that those who have already installed the app will be contacted to remove it.
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The email was sent by House clerk Catherine L. Szpindor and follows the release of the 4,115-page omnibus bill that included a proposal to ban TikTok from all government devices, but did not include members of Congress or their staff at the time. included. per CNN.
The new rule — appropriately dubbed the No TikTok on Government Devices Act — was included in the larger bill after a standalone TikTok ban was passed unanimously by the US Senate weeks earlier.
“It is troubling that instead of encouraging the administration to complete its national security review of TikTok, some members of Congress have decided to push for a politically motivated ban that will do nothing to protect the national security of the United States. to promote,” said TikTok spokesperson Hilary. McQuaide said in a statement.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based technology company that also owns Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.
TikTok has not yet commented on the new ban.