REPORT: Broadcasting company tells staff to delete TikTok

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The BBC urged its staff to delete TikTok from corporate-owned devices on Sunday unless the application is used for business purposes.

The United Kingdom banned TikTok on government phones last week due to security concerns, a move that other western countries, like the United States and Canada, have already done.

Just days after the government ban of TikTok was announced, the BBC, which is funded by the U.K. government, circulated a memo to their employees telling them to delete the app.

According to Deadline, the BBC said, “We don’t recommend installing TikTok on a BBC corporate device unless there is a justified business reason.”

A BBC spokesperson told The Hill, “The BBC takes the safety and security of our systems, data and people incredibly seriously. We constantly review activity on third party platforms – including TikTok – and will continue to do so.”

Deadline reporter Jake Kanter tweeted Sunday, “NEW: The BBC has told staff to delete TikTok from their work devices unless they need it for work reasons. BBC also reviewing whether to introduce an outright ban on the social network. Quite the change of tone from the BBC, which has vigorously embraced TikTok over the past year. It has been hiring four TikTok specialists for its social media team. Senior BBC journalists have been sceptical for some time, as we reported in January.”

“Another u-turn from BBC director-general Tim Davie after the Gary Lineker saga? He spoke last year of having an ‘active partnership’ with TikTok. Today the message is: only use TikTok unless you have to. Our story on the BBC’s new TikTok guidance. In an unusually strong statement (like most major tech firms, TikTok prefers background guidance where possible), TikTok says it is ‘disappointed’ by the BBC’s new guidelines, adding that bans are ‘based on fundamental misconceptions’ about security.”

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