UK-based media outlets reported that BBC staff received guidance on Sunday, which read: “We don’t recommend installing TikTok on a BBC corporate device unless there is a justified business reason. If you do not need TikTok for business reasons, TikTok should be deleted.”
This comes days after the UK announced a ban on Chinese-owned video sharing on government devices. The decision was in pursuit of similar action by Europe and the United States.
Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden told parliament, “We are going to ban the use of TikTok on government devices. We will do so with immediate effect.”