New York City Bans TikTok on Government Devices Over Security Concerns

New York City Bans TikTok on Government Devices Over Security Concerns

NEW YORK — Don’t expect to see more New York City agencies jumping on the latest TikTok trend.

That’s because Mayor Eric Adams’ administration on Wednesday banned the popular social media and video app from all government devices, and ordered all city employees and departments to remove the app immediately.

Supporters of the ban said the app, owned by the Chinese company ByteDancerepresents a threat to the security of the city’s technical networks.

“Other state-sponsored governments, that is, governments that are… somewhat threatening to the United States, [están] using TikTok on various platforms to extrapolate our personal information to gain intelligence on us, or to use the app for misinformation,” said former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan.

A spokesperson for the city council told our sister network NBC New York that “while social media is great for connecting New Yorkers with each other in the city, we must ensure that we always use these platforms safely.”

New York City joins the federal government and states like Montana that have banned TikTok on all government-owned devices. Some members of Congress have pushed for years to ban the app entirely, saying the app and ByteDance can use data and collect data to spy on Americans.

ByteDance it is not owned or controlled by the Chinese government.

TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment from our sister network NBC New York.

2023-08-17 01:49:21

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