The Australian Ministry of Justice announced today that it has banned the Chinese-based social media platform TikToK from being used on government-owned devices.
In a written statement on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office of the Australian Ministry of Justice, it has announced that it has banned the use of TikTok social media application on state-owned devices on the grounds that it poses a risk. “Organizations should prevent the TikTok app from being installed on government devices and remove existing instances unless there is a legitimate business reason that requires the app to be installed or used continuously,” the statement said. The Canadian government announced on February 28, following the US, that it banned TikTok on state-owned mobile devices because it created a security vulnerability risk. Other countries that have banned TikTok include New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway and the UK.