TikTok will no longer be available on official London City Hall devices, the Greater London Authority (GLA) said as the Chinese social media app faces a global purge from official institutions.
London’s TikTok ban comes after Westminster and Holyrood banned the app on government devices in England and Scotland over security concerns.
Under the UK’s devolution rules, in some policy areas, the central government in Westminster is only responsible for England while Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland make their own policies. Some areas in England, including London, also have devolution deals that give them more powers to make local decisions.
In an email to The Epoch Times on Saturday, a GLA spokesperson said, “The GLA takes information security extremely seriously. In line with the government’s decision, TikTok will no longer be available on GLA devices.”
In response to the latest ban, a TikTok spokesperson said: “As we have said, we believe these bans are based on fundamental misconceptions and driven by wider geopolitics.
“We are readily available to meet with the Mayor to address any concerns but should be judged on facts and treated equally to our competitors.
“We have begun implementing a comprehensive plan to further protect our European user data, which includes storing UK…
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