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New York City bans TikTok on government-issued devices

2023-08-16 19:05 by


New York City is banning TikTok from city-owned devices and requiring agencies to remove the app within the next 30 days.

Jonah Allon, a spokesman for Mayor Eric Adams, said in a statement that the city's Cyber Command determined that the app "posed a security threat to the city's technical networks." City agencies must remove the app within 30 days and employees will lose access to TikTok and its website from city-owned devices and networks.

The U.S. House of Representatives banned the use of TikTok on government devices in December. Earlier this year, the Biden administration escalated its own pressure campaign against the app in an effort to force TikTok to part ways with its Chinese ownership.

At least 35 states, including New York, have already taken some action against TikTok, limiting access to the app on state-owned devices. Though the vast majority of those states have focused primarily on supposed security risks with TikTok on government networks or devices, Montana recently went a step further and took the unprecedented step of banning the app on private devices statewide. TikTok and a handful of Montana-based video creators have filed lawsuits attempting to strike down that law on First Amendment grounds.

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