The White House has set a 30-day deadline by which the Chinese TikTok app must be removed from devices and systems owned by US federal agencies. The relevant memorandum was signed by Director of the Office of Management and Budget (part of the US Presidential Administration) Shalanda Young, reports Reuters.
The document was prepared on the basis of the resolution passed by the US Congress late last year – which gave the Presidential Administration 60 days to prepare the necessary orders. Similar decisions have been made by most US states, the EU, Canada and Taiwan. The application on their devices has also been banned by some government agencies in the United States: the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State.
The measure directly affects only a small fraction of TikTok’s 100 million American viewers, but could contribute to a complete shutdown of the app in the country. TikTok’s administration, meanwhile, continues to deny that the application carries out systematic surveillance of users, including Americans, and links all concerns to a disinformation campaign launched against the service.
The ban on TikTok does not apply to certain activities conducted by US federal agencies: national security activities, law enforcement, and cybersecurity research. At the same time, the lines of the relevant departments for such activities must issue separate permits and “absolute exceptions for offices as a whole are not permitted”. Today, the US House Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote on a bill that would give the US President the power to ban TikTok from all devices in the country.