In an email to US House of Representatives staff, the House Governance Committee (COA) banned the use of TikTok on government mobile devices.
"The Cybersecurity Authority has deemed the TikTok app to pose a high risk to users due to a number of security threats," the email said.
A viral short video platform developed by Chinese tech giant ByteDance has been a source of security and privacy concerns for several years, with some fearing that TikTok could be used specifically to spy on US citizens.
Recently, these fears have come true. ByteDance admitted that company employees accessed journalists' user data in order to find the source of the leaked information about the company.
In addition, earlier US lawmakers introduced a bill in both houses of Congress to ban the use of the social network TikTok in the United States. The reason for the creation of the bill was the fear that the social network could be used to spy on Americans.
So far, 9 US states have banned the use of TikTok, including Texas, Maryland, and South Dakota. On December 12, the states of Alabama and Utah joined the list by banning the app from government devices in order to "protect residents' privacy rights."