TikTok is soon to be blocked from all parliament devices and the wider parliament network as announced by the commissions of the House of Commons and House of Lords.
One parliament spokesman says TikTok “will be blocked from all parliamentary devices and the wider parliamentary network”, as per Sky News.
The same parliament spokesman continued to say that “Cyber security is a top priority for parliament, however we do not comment on specific details of our cyber or physical security controls, policies or incidents”.
This latest action in regard to the Chinese-owned social media app (TikTok), where users can upload short videos for interactions, follows the recent move taken by the UK government’s banning the application on official government devices, also due to cyber security reasons.
Despite the application being blocked on the wider parliament network, devices will still be able to access the application when not using the WiFi from the parliament.
Scotland also banned the TikTok app from government devices recently, such as phones, all coming as the TikTok chief faces questioning on security at the US Congress.
Why Has TikTok Been Blocked By Parliament?
The social media application known as TikTok has been scrutinised over its security and data privacy as of late, with worries that the app could be used to promote pro-Beijing views and/ or gather user data.
However, these concerns have all been strongly denied by TikTok’s representatives.
TikTok had this to say when talking about the recent bans:
“been based on fundamental misconceptions and driven by wider geopolitics, in which TikTok, and our millions of users in the UK, play no part” – via Sky News.