Austrian Interior Minister Gerhard Karner announced on Wednesday that the country prohibit the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok from being used on government employees’ work phones.
TikTok has previously been blocked in several Western nations, including the United Kingdom, the United States, and several other European Union member countries, due to security concerns. In March, the app was also prohibited by the EU’s two most powerful policymaking bodies.
“It will be banned from work mobile phones. On private phones outside the state network it will of course be possible,” Karner told reporters when asked he was asked if politicians in government can continue using the app.
TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese corporation ByteDance, is being investigated by governments and regulators over security concerns