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TikTok Is Prohibited On Official Devices By The US House Administration Arm

TikTok Is Prohibited On Official Devices By The US House Administration Arm
According to the administration branch of the U.S. House of Representatives, the well-known Chinese video app TikTok has been removed from all devices under its control. This mimics a law that will soon be in effect that will remove the app from devices used by the U.S. government.
The app must be removed from all devices controlled by the House as it is deemed "high risk due to a number of security issues," according to a message the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House sent to all lawmakers and staff on Tuesday.
The new regulation comes in response to several efforts by American state governments to prohibit TikTok, which is run by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd, from being used on official platforms.
Because of worries that the Chinese government might use the app to track Americans and censor content, 19 states have at least partially blocked the app from state-managed devices as of last week.
The app will be prohibited on devices under federal management once President Joe Biden signs the $1.66 trillion omnibus spending bill into law, which was passed last week and will fund the federal government through to September 30, 2023.
"With the passage of the Omnibus that banned TikTok on executive branch devices, the CAO worked with the Committee on House Administration to implement a similar policy for the House," a spokesperson for the Chief Administrative Officer told Reuters on Tuesday.
The staff was informed that future downloads of TikTok were forbidden and that anyone found to have the app installed on their device would be contacted to have it removed.
There were no TikTok comments available on the subject.
A proposal from US lawmakers to outlaw the app nationally has been made.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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