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The White House has given 30 days for US government agencies to remove TikTok from all their devices.

Published: 2023-02-28

The White House set a 30-day deadline within which the Chinese TikTok app must be removed from devices and systems owned by US federal government agencies. The corresponding memorandum was signed by the director of the Office of Management and Budget (part of the US presidential administration) Shalanda Young.

The document was prepared on the basis of the decision of the US Congress, adopted at the end of last year - the parliament gave the presidential administration 60 days to prepare the necessary orders. Similar decisions were made by most US states, the EU, Canada and Taiwan. The application on their devices was also banned by some government agencies in the United States: the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.

The measure directly affects only a small fraction of TikTok's 100 million American audience, but it could contribute to a complete blocking of the app in the country. The administration of TikTok, meanwhile, continues to deny that the application carries out systematic surveillance of users, including Americans, and connects all concerns with a disinformation campaign launched against the service.

The ban on TikTok does not apply to certain activities carried out by US federal agencies: national security activities, law enforcement, and cybersecurity research. At the same time, the managements of the relevant departments must issue separate permits for such activities, and "absolute exceptions that apply to departments as a whole are not allowed." Today, the US House Foreign Affairs Committee is due to vote on a bill that would give the US president the power to ban TikTok from all devices in the country.