U.S. House of Representatives bans TikTok from all official devices

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According to the administration branch of the U.S. House of Representatives, the well-known Chinese video app TikTok has been removed from all devices under its control.

The app must be removed from all devices controlled by the House as it is deemed “high risk due to a number of security issues,” according to a message the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House sent to all lawmakers and staff on Tuesday.

The new regulation comes in response to several efforts by American state governments to prohibit TikTok, which is run by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd, from being used on official platforms. Because of worries that the Chinese government might use the app to track Americans and censor content, 19 states have at least partially blocked the app from state-managed devices as of last week.

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