The U.S. House of Representatives is the latest government entity to take aim at TikTok, banning the popular Chinese social media app from House-issued mobile phones.
House Chief Administrative Officer Catherine L. Szpindor sent out a memo, which NBC News obtained Dec. 27. Szpindor said her office’s cybersecurity unit determined that TikTok is a “high risk to users due to a number of security risks,” NBC News reported.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) owns a financial stake and board seat. Chinese ByteDance employees can access detailed U.S. user data.
Both lawmakers and staffers must delete TikTok from their phones and cannot download the app, per the new directive.
Multiple states have also banned TikTok on state devices, including Virginia, South Dakota and Kansas. FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned about the potential security risks of TikTok, NBC noted.
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