The US government has attempted to ban TikTok in the country
several times after perceiving the app as a threat to national security due to speculations
that the Chinese government may be using it to spy on US citizens.
Recently, the US House of Representatives has declared that TikTok will be deleted from any House-issued devices and will be banned from being downloaded on the devices as well.
In response to the decision, TikTok has expressed almost a
lack of concern. The company believes that the ban would have negligible effect
on the app’s growth in the US, considering that only a few House-managed phones
have TikTok installed on them.
TikTok is, however, currently banned on government-owned
devices in in 19 states. The social company released a statement last week, where
it promised to address any security concerns raised at both the federal and
state level. On the other hand, a recent internal investigation discovered that
some employees of TikTok’s parent company ByteDance have accessed private data
of a number of US journalists.