TikTok reports that TikTok has been banned from any device owned by the US House of Representatives. Reuters. According to reports, the House Administrative Officer (CAO), instructed all lawmakers and staff via email to delete the app from their phones as it is considered a high risk due a number security issues. Every person found with the social networking app on their smartphone will be contacted to have it removed and any future downloads blocked.
This is just the latest in a series by the US government to ban the application from your devices. Last week, lawmakers agreedA massive $1.7 trillion spending bill contained provisions that would ban TikTok on executive branches machines. A spokesperson for the chief administrator said ReutersAfter the bill was passed, the CAA worked closely with the House Management Committee in order to implement a similar policy in the House of Representatives.
After the Senate unanimously approved, this was done. Voted yesSen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri) introduced the No TikTok on Government Devices Act. Such as ReutersNotes: The app can be installed on employees’ devices in 19 countries. Brooke Oberwetter, TikTok’s spokesperson, stated to Engadget that TikTok was “disappointed that Congress has banned TikTok for government devices.” She said that it was a political gesture that would not advance national security interests.
TikTok’s US government critics have raised concerns about its potential use as a spy tool by Chinese officials. Chris Wray, FBI Director of Investigations, called him “a trojan horse for China’s Communist Party” and stated that he was not allowed to be a part of government machinery until China cut all ties. TikTok, owned by ByteDance in China, attempted to address these concerns by routing all domestic traffic through Oracle servers in the US. It also promised to delete all US user information from its servers.
However, the latest revelation is that ByteDance is now available FiredThe company may lose four employees who improperly obtained data from TikTok users in America, including two reporters. According to The New York TimesEmployees were able to access the IP addresses of two reporters to help them find out who was leaking information to the media.
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