By Darryl Coote
The White House on Monday informed federal agencies that they have 30 days to remove TikTok from all government devices amid mounting fears that U.S. data may end up in the hands of Chinese Communist Party members via the Chinese-owned social media platform.
The Office of Management and Budget gave the order in a memorandum that was sent Monday to the heads of executive departments and agencies. Congress had mandated the office develop standards over the social media platform’s removal when it passed the No TikTok on Government Devices Act late last year.
The memorandum, which fulfills Congress’ mandate, requires TikTok to be scrubbed within 30 days from all information technology owned or operated by federal agencies, as well as those used by federal contractors.