TikTok Banned For NYC Employees

It’s been a while since I’ve written about someplace banning TikTok. But one of the biggest cities out there has just joined the bandwagon:

New York City is banning TikTok from city-owned devices and requiring agencies to remove the app within the next 30 days.

The directive issued Wednesday comes after a review by the NYC Cyber Command which a city official said found that TikTok “posed a security threat to the city’s technical networks.” Starting immediately, city employees are barred from downloading or using the app and accessing TikTok’s website from any city-owned devices.

“While social media is great at connecting New Yorkers with one another and the city, we have to ensure we are always using these platforms in a secure manner,” a NYC City Hall spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge Wednesday. “NYC Cyber Command regularly explores and advances proactive measures to keep New Yorkers’ data safe.”

The city cited US Office of Management and Budget guidelines discouraging TikTok’s use on government devices as well as federal legislation banning the app passed earlier this year.

TikTok really has an issue here as they have been unable to come up with any argument that stops places from banning the social media app. Until they do that, this will keep happening. And at some point, TikTok will have to do something different before the narrative simply becomes “TikTok is evil.”

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