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UK Bans TikTok App on Government Phones Over Security Fears

  • Fears Chinese-backed social media app poses security risk
  • US, EU officials already restricted from using TikTok
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The UK banned TikTok from government phones with immediate effect over security fears, the latest restriction imposed on the Chinese-owned social media app after similar moves by the US and European Union.

The decision was made after a review concluded that there “could be a risk around how sensitive government data is accessed and used by certain platforms,” Cabinet Office Secretary Oliver Dowden said Thursday. Dowden told the House of Commons that the ban was a “precautionary move.”