The government of New York City has banned the use of the social media application TikTok on official devices.
According to media sources, the government issued the ban in New York City due to concerns about Chinese meddling via the app. New York has since joined a number of other US cities and states in imposing similar prohibitions on the video-sharing app owned by the Chinese internet company ByteDance. TikTok was just banned nationally by US politicians.
US lawmakers called for a ban amid concerns about possible Chinese government meddling in the US. The office of New York City Mayor Eric Adams stated in a statement that TikTok posed a threat to the security of the city’s technical networks. The app will be removed by New York City agencies within 30 days, and government personnel will no longer be able to access TikTok and its website on government-owned devices and networks. However, TikTok has already been banned on government-issued mobile devices in the US state of New York.
TikTok claims that it has not and will not share the data of its US customers with the Chinese government and that it has taken necessary measures to preserve its users’ privacy and security.
It should be emphasized that more than 150 million Americans use TikTok, according to the survey.