New York City officially bans TikTok on all government devices

New York City has officially banned the TikTok app on all government devices due to potential security concerns.

State of play: All NYC agencies are ordered to remove the short-form video-sharing app from city-owned devices within the next 30 days.
* City employees will lose access to both the TikTok app and its website on all city-owned devices and networks.
* New York City’s Cyber Command determined that TikTok posed a security threat to the city’s technical networks.

Following the ban: New York City’s government accounts on TikTok, which have thousands of followers, have stopped posting.
* This includes the sanitation department’s account with more than 47,000 followers and the NYC Police Department’s account with more than 267,000 followers.

Not alone: New York City is the latest in a series of states and governing bodies banning TikTok on government-owned devices.
* Montana was the first state to do so in May, followed by Maryland in December 2022.
* New Zealand and Canada also implemented bans this year due to data and privacy concerns.

Despite accusations: TikTok maintains that it operates independently of China and protects all user data within the U.S.
* However, there’s no conclusive evidence that China has accessed TikTok user data.

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