New Zealand has banned TikTok from the phones of parliamentarians. In early 2021, the New Zealand government directed members of parliament to remove the TikTok app from their phones due to security concerns. The decision was made after the Australian government also banned the app from its officials’ phones over concerns that the Chinese-owned app posed a risk to national security.
New Zealand’s move was made out of caution and to protect the security of the country’s elected officials, as well as sensitive government information. While the ban only applies to parliamentarians and not the general public, it reflects a growing concern over the potential risks posed by Chinese-owned tech companies and their apps.