New Zealand Bans TikTok From Parliamentary Devices, Citing ‘Unacceptable’ Risks
New Zealand has moved to ban the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok from all parliamentary devices, citing the “unacceptable” level of risks posed by the popular video app.
Parliamentary Service Chief Executive Rafael Gonzalez-Montero said on Friday that TikTok—owned by Beijing-based firm ByteDance—would be removed from “all devices with access to the parliamentary network.”
However, he said that “those who require the app to perform their democratic duties” may be granted an exemption from the ban, according to a statement released by the New Zealand Parliament.
“This decision has been made based on our own experts’ analysis and following discussion with our colleagues across government and internationally,” Gonzalez-Montero stated….