By Moira Warburton
(RockedBuzz via Reuters) – Popular Chinese video app TikTok has been banned from all devices operated by the US House of Representatives, according to the House’s administrative arm, mimicking a soon-to-be-enacted law banning the app from US government devices. United States.
The app is considered “high-risk due to a number of security issues,” the House Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) said in a message sent to all lawmakers and staff on Tuesday, and must be taken down by all. the devices managed by the Chamber.
The new rule follows a series of moves by US state governments to ban TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd, from government devices. As of last week, 19 states have at least partially blocked the app from state-run devices over fears the Chinese government could use the app to track Americans and censor content.
The $1.66 trillion omnibus spending bill, passed last week to fund the US government through September 30, 2023, includes a provision to ban the app on federally managed devices and will go into effect once President Joe Biden signs the legislation into law.
“With the approval of Omnibus that banned TikTok on executive branch devices, CAO has worked with the House Administration Committee to implement a similar policy for the House,” a spokesperson for the Chief told RockedBuzz via Reuters on Tuesday. Administrative Officer.
The message to staff said that anyone with TikTok on their device would be contacted to remove it and that future downloads of the app would be banned.
TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the new rule.
US lawmakers have made a proposal to implement a nationwide ban on the app.
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by Matthew Lewis)