European Union’s executive organ, the European Commission, has directed its members of staff to delete the social media app, TikTok, from their corporate devices.
In an email sent on Thursday, the Commission informed staff members of its decision “to suspend the TikTok application on corporate devices and personal devices enrolled in the Commission mobile device service.”
Staff members were given till March 15, to delete the video-sharing app from affected devices.
The news was confirmed in a release by the commission where it was stated that the directive was aimed at protecting the Commission against “cybersecurity threats”, Bloomberg reports.
The statement read in part, “This measure aims to protect the Commission against cybersecurity threats and actions which may be exploited for cyberattacks against the corporate environment of the Commission.”
Reacting to the move, a TikTok spokesperson stated, “We are disappointed with this decision, which we believe to be misguided and based on fundamental misconceptions.
“We have contacted the Commission to set the record straight and explain how we protect the data of the 125 million people across the EU who come to TikTok every month.”
The ban comes amid a crackdown by the United States on the Chinese multinational, and parent company of Tiktok, ByteDance.