Britain has banned the TikTok social media app from government electronic devices, citing security concerns. The video-sharing app is operated by a Chinese company.
The British government said on Thursday that the decision follows advice from its cybersecurity experts.
The government said it is concerned about the way in which information stored on official devices may be used through the app.
Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden referred to the potential vulnerability of sensitive information. He said, "Restricting the use of TikTok on government devices is a prudent and proportionate step."
The move follows similar restrictions imposed by the US and Canadian governments and the European Commission. They have expressed concern about possible information leaks to China.
TikTok told NHK, "We believe these bans have been based on fundamental misconceptions." The company said it should be judged on the facts and given equal treatment with its competitors.