TikTok received a significant blow in the United States, as the US House of Representatives has ordered staff to delete TikTok from any House-issued mobile phones. Moreover, the governor of Kansas has also issued a similar ban. Other states also plan to develop similar legislation, which may see the app being banned on all government-issued devices.
This would mean that all staff, including the personal team of the Representative and the Representative’s unique squad, will not be allowed to have TikTok on their office-issued devices. In Kansas’ case, no government team member on any level will be entitled to have the social media app on their office-issued apps.
TikTok is already banned on government-owned devices by the local administrations in 19 states, citing security concerns.
Several state governments are considering banning the app for all government employees, even on their devices.
The directive in the House of Representatives was reportedly issued by Catherine L Szpindor, the chief administrative officer of the House, and bans the popular social media app from being downloaded on House-issued devices in the future. The memo stated House staff are NOT allowed to download the TikTok app on any House mobile devices.” It also added, “If you have the TikTok app on your House mobile device, you will be contacted to remove it.”
Earlier this month, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher introduced a bill in the Senate and House of Representatives that sought a nationwide ban on TikTok over growing concerns that the app was being used to spy on American citizens and that China tried to influence American elections utilizing the app. This week, TikTok reportedly fired four employees for spying on journalists in the US.
Asserting that US user data is not maintained in China and is not shared with the Chinese government, TikTok has long claimed that how it handles user data should not be a worry.