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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