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New York city bans TikTok for government employees

What To Know

  • According to a report from The Verge on Wednesday, TikTok will be prohibited from being used on government devices in New York City.
  • This assessment led them to conclude that TikTok’s presence posed a security threat to the city’s technology networks, prompting its removal from devices owned by the city.
  • While certain states and localities, particularly Montana, have taken broader steps to prohibit TikTok’s usage within their jurisdictions, the general trend has been to restrict the app for government personnel, including those at the federal level.
  • As discussions about potentially imposing a complete ban on TikTok and other apps linked with the Chinese government continue to resurface, ByteDance, the company behind Company, is striving to establish that it doesn’t pose a threat to national security.

According to a report from The Verge on Wednesday, TikTok will be prohibited from being used on government devices in New York City. Within the next 30 days, various city agencies are required to uninstall the ByteDance-owned app from their devices.

Furthermore, city employees will no longer be allowed to download or utilize TikTok on any official technology starting immediately. This decision comes after New York state previously prohibited TikTok’s usage on government devices back in 2020, as stated by the Times-Union.

The NYC Cyber Command, which operates under the Office of Technology and Innovation, played a significant role in this determination. Following an assessment that Company presented a security risk, the NYC Cyber Command recommended its removal from the city’s technical systems.

A spokesperson from City Hall emphasized that the Cyber Command continuously explores proactive measures to safeguard the data of New Yorkers. This assessment led them to conclude that TikTok’s presence posed a security threat to the city’s technology networks, prompting its removal from devices owned by the city.

While certain states and localities, particularly Montana, have taken broader steps to prohibit TikTok’s usage within their jurisdictions, the general trend has been to restrict the app for government personnel, including those at the federal level. Presently, across party lines, 33 states have implemented limitations on the use of TikTok on government-owned devices.

As discussions about potentially imposing a complete ban on TikTok and other apps linked with the Chinese government continue to resurface, ByteDance, the company behind Company, is striving to establish that it doesn’t pose a threat to national security.

Company’s CEO, Shou Chew, even testified before Congress, reiterating that ByteDance is not acting as an agent of China.

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