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UK bans TikTok from government mobile phones

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Britain is to ban the Chinese owned video-sharing app TikTok from ministers’ and civil servants’ mobile phones, bringing the UK in line with the US and the European Commission and reflecting deteriorating relations with Beijing.The decision marks a sharp U-turn from the UK’s previous position and comes a few hours after TikTok said its owners, ByteDance, had been told by Washington to sell the app or face a possible ban in the country.The UK government’s announcement was made on Thursday lunchtime by Oliver Dowden, the Cabinet Office minister, in the Commons.

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