US House of Representatives bans TikTok on official devices
TikTok took several steps to try to convince US authorities that the data of its followers in the United States was protected.
Popular Chinese video app TikTok has been banned on all devices operated by the US House of Representatives.
The app, owned by Chinese company ByteDance , is considered high-risk due to a number of security concerns, the House's administrative director said in a message to its members on Tuesday.
The message also stated that anyone who has the TikTok app on their device will receive a message to remove it, and that future downloads of the app are prohibited.
The new rule follows a series of actions by US state governments to ban TikTok on government devices.
As of last week, 19 states have at least partially blocked the app, fearing the Chinese government would use it to track the American population and censor content.
The Omnibus Spending Bill to Fund the US government includes a provision to ban the app on federally operated devices. It will go into effect as soon as President Joe Biden signs the law.
TikTok did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the new rule.
US law introduced a proposal to ban the app nationwide.