Politicians Ditch TikTok as Australia Implements Nationwide Ban on Government Devices

The Australian government has joined other Western countries in banning TikTok
06 April 2023
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The Australian government has banned the use of Chinese social media app TikTokon government devices, following similar bans in other western countries.

The attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, said he had authorised the secretary of his department to issue a mandatory direction to prohibit the TikTok app on devices issued by commonwealth departments and agencies.

According to Greens senator David Shoebridge, the current ban on TikTok isn't a major reform because it only targets one platform. He warns that if we don't broaden our focus, it's going to be a never-ending cycle of targeting different platforms. 

He believes that there's a wider data security and privacy crisis that needs addressing, and TikTok isn't the only culprit. While the concerns for TikTok are valid, other social media platforms have similar issues. 

- CyberBeat


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