New York has joined other U.S. governing bodies to ban TikTok from the phones of all government employees.
This ban aims to protect US data and tarnish every room for uncertified hacking into classified information through the Chinese-owned TikTok
A city hall spokesperson confirmed the 30-day ban on Thursday.
“While social media is great at connecting New Yorkers and the city, we have to ensure we are always using these platforms in a secure manner,” the spokesperson said.
“NYC Cyber Command regularly explores and advances proactive measures to keep New Yorkers’ data safe.”
“As part of these ongoing efforts, NYC Cyber Command determined that the TikTok application posed a security threat to the city’s technical networks and directed its removal from city-owned devices.”
New York City government accounts on TikTok appear to have suspended their postings.
The New York City Police Department’s account – which has more than 267,000 followers – said it was no longer active as of Thursday.
TikTok has maintained that it is independent of China and not subject to any requests for data from the government, noting that is has taken steps to protect U.S. user data.