TikTok: The US government told all federal agencies on Monday that they have 30 days to remove TikTok from all government-owned devices. At the same time, Canada has said that all government mobile devices will not be able to use Tiktok.
In a memo sent out by the White House, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young asked federal agencies to start taking down social media apps owned by China. Chris DeRusha, the Federal Chief Information Security Officer, said that this is being done to protect security.
Tiktok has also been banned by the government of Canada. Media reports say that this decision was made by the government with cyber security in mind.
CNN says that the ban will become law on Tuesday. A statement from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat says that government-owned devices won’t be able to download TikTok, and any copies of the app that are already on the devices will be deleted.
What’s the point?
The U.S. and Canadian governments are taking this step because they want to keep people safe. In a statement from the Canadian government, it was said that after reviewing Tiktok, the Chief Information Officer decided that it could be a threat to privacy and security, and we can’t give up on security in any way. But a news story says that this step was taken without talking to Tiktok first.
What did the TikTok people say?
A representative for TikTok said that the company is always willing to meet with government officials to talk about how to best protect the privacy and safety of Canadians. However, it makes no sense to put TikTok in this situation by itself. TikTok is a site that a lot of Canadians love.
China has something to do with the Tiktok ban. This is an app that is run out of China. The U.S. government does not want to take any risks about this