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Did the Canadian Government Ban TikTok in Generally?


  • TikTok is not completely banned in Canada.
  • Canada has banned the use of TikTok, a Chinese-based social media platform, on government-owned devices for security reasons.
  • TikTok is considering a decision in the coming days to impose a one-hour-a-day usage restriction for young people under the age of 18.

TikTok, a platform where billions of people actively upload videos daily, has been the focus of reaction for a while. Experts are worried that the presence of adult content on the platform will have negative effects on the development of children. For this reason, some steps are being taken to ban or restrict the app.

Recently, we came across news like “Canada has banned the use of TikTok”.

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It is possible to come across many news on Twitter and Facebook that Canada has banned TikTok. So is this information really true? We searched.

TikTok Considers Restricting Teens Under 18 to “1 Hour” Per Day

There is a spread of information on the Internet that TikTok, a Chinese video-uploading application, will restrict it. It is said that TikTok will require young people under the age of 18 to use it for 1 hour under parental control. However, it is quite easy to circumvent this prohibition. It is possible to open a new account or ‘accounts’ and exceed the 1-hour limit. The question is how they will do this. Here’s what CBS reported on the subject:

TikTok will switch on a one-hour time limit for its users who are under 18 years old in a move to curb the amount of time teens spend on the service, the social video company announced Wednesday. The platform will introduce the new default setting in the coming weeks.

Minors will have the power to switch off the setting, however. When users who are 18 or younger reach the one-hour time limit, they will be prompted to enter a passcode to activate additional scrolling time — a disruption that TikTok said could prompt teens to be more intentional about the time they spend on the app.

Children who are under 13 will also have a 60-minute limit on daily screen time, although a parent or guardian will have to set or enter a passcode to allow them to watch for an additional 30 minutes, TikTok said.

It is possible that such restrictions are suggested by child pedagogues. This 1-hour daily usage decision by TikTok is not yet in effect. So is this the only restriction on TikTok? No, it is not.

Canadian Government Won’t Allow TikTok to be Installed on Public Officials’ Phones

First of all, we start the search for the claim circulating on the Internet with some important keywords such as “TikTok”, “Banned”, and “Canada”. Then we come across the news text showing the decision taken by the Canadian government. The BBC has the following statements on this subject:

Canada will ban the video app TikTok from all government-issued devices starting Tuesday. The decision follows a review by Canada’s chief information officer, and a government spokesperson said in a statement that the app “presents an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there was enough concern about the security around the app to warrant a change. “This may be the first step, the only step we have to take,” he said at a press conference near Toronto on Monday. TikTok has been criticized for its use of personal information and ties to the Chinese government.

Therefore, the claim that Canada has completely banned the practice is false. Because the Canadian government has decided to remove TikTok only from government devices.

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