UK parliament, has on Thursday, 23rd March, 2023, joined the UK Government in banning TikTok, a Chinese owned video app, thus its lawmakers will no longer have access to it due to security issues.

UK parliament

The House of Commons and House of Lords in a statement said ”the app will be blocked from all parliamentary devices and the wider parliamentary network as Cyber security is a top priority for parliament”.

Individual lawmakers who are dedicated users of TikTok, such as Energy Security Secretary Grant Shapps who has more than 14,000 follower, says he will comply with the ban but will still use the app on their own phones but not when connected via parliament’s own WIFI network.

The UK announced a security ban of TikTok on government devices, in line with action by the European Union and the United States.

The announcement was made upon TikTok’s chief executive Shou Zi Chew appearance before the US lawmakers who are convinced the app should be barred for being a potential national security threat to the United States.

The United States, Canada, Belgium and the European Commission have already banned the app from official devices.

Story: Elizabeth Ereke