Similar actions have been taken by the United States and the European Union.
UK authorities said Thursday they are banning TikTok from government devices for security reasons, following similar steps taken by the US and the European Union.
Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden told Parliament that the ban applies to work phones and other devices used by ministers and civil servants. He noted that the ban does not apply to personal phones and devices, and called it a “precautionary step.”
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“Given the particular risk associated with government devices that may contain sensitive information, it is reasonable and proportionate to limit the use of certain applications, especially when it comes to applications that can store and access a large amount of data,” Dowden said. .
“We believe these bans are based on fundamental misconceptions and driven by broader geopolitics in which TikTok and our millions of users in the UK play no role,” ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, told The Associated Press Thursday. “We remain committed to working with the government to resolve any issues, but we should be judged on the facts and treated equally with our competitors.”
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Neither TikTok nor ByteDance immediately responded to FOX Business’s request for comment.
This recent action comes after the US government ruled last month that federal agencies must remove TikTok from all state-issued mobile devices.
The European Union, Belgium and other countries have also temporarily banned the app from work phones.
However, China has accused the US of spreading misinformation and cracking down on TikTok after reports the White House urged platform owners to sell their stakes in the app.
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