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UK to Ban TikTok from Government Devices


Thu 16 Mar 2023 | 03:33 PM
Israa Farhan

The United Kingdom is planning to ban Chinese-owned social media app TikTok from government devices.

The ban will include devices used by government ministers and civil servants, according to reports.

ByteDance, the company which owns TikTok, has been accused of handing users' data to the Chinese government. The company has strongly denied this.

There has been no official comment yet from the UK government, but a statement to MPs by Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State in the Cabinet Office, is expected today around 12:30 pm.

Previously this week, the UK's security minister Tom Tugendhat asked the country's National Cyber Security Centre to look into banning the app from government phones.

The UK will be the latest country to join the ban, with Belgium, the US and the European Commission deciding to do so in the past month.