White House calls for TikTok to be removed from government devices

U.S. federal agencies have 30 days to ban the use of TikTok on government devices


The White House on Monday set a 30-day deadline for all agencies to federal remove the TikTok app from all devices Washington's control over the networking platform Chinese-owned social is hardening due to problems. Security

The Office of Management and Budget called the move "a step forward." critical to addressing the risks that the application poses to the Confidential Government Information." Some agencies, including Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and State have already implemented Restrictions. The order says the rest of the federal government agencies They must do the same within the next 30 days.

"The Biden-Harris administration has made a significant investment in defend the digital infrastructure of our country and prevent the foreign adversaries access U.S. data," Chris said. DeRusha, Federal Director of Information Security.

U.S. officials have expressed concern that the Chinese government can pressure ByteDance to hand over information collected from users that could be used for intelligence purposes, or disinformation.

"TikTok's ban on federal devices passed in December without any deliberation and, unfortunately, this position has served as a guide. for other governments around the world. These restrictions are nothing more than policies," TikTok spokeswoman Brooke Oberwetter said Monday.

Canada announced it would also ban the app on devices. governmental from Tuesday, and the European Commission issued the week past its own ban on application on official devices, citing cybersecurity concerns.

House Republicans are expected to introduce a bill on Tuesday that would give Biden the power to ban TikTok nationwide. The The bill, proposed by Rep. Mike McCaul, has as its Objective to avoid the challenges that the administration would face in the courts if appropriate with sanctions against the social media company.

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