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Taiwan’s Executive Yuan to Coordinate the Four Government Branches to Ban Tiktok

A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator pointed out during a hearing on December 12 that, after the Ministry of Digital Affairs banned the use of Tiktok in the public sector starting from December 5, only the Executive Yuan and its subordinate ministries are actually subject to this rule, while the other four branches of Taiwanese government can still use the app. Although Tiktok has been banned from public sector computers, it is not banned on cell phones for government use.

The Executive Yuan’s spokesperson admitted that, although the scope of the ban includes cell phones for government use, banning the app alone may not be effective enough. There should be some better methods, such as some technical processing in the networks of the public sector so that civil servants do not have access to the app. The spokesperson also pointed out that if a public servant violates the regulations, there will be a corresponding punishment.

The Secretary General of the Executive Yuan, Li Meng-yen, responded that, in addition to prohibiting civil servants in the ministries under the Executive Yuan from using these platforms, they will also coordinate with the other four branches, the Legislative Yuan, the Judicial Yuan, the Examination Yuan and the Control Yuan, to establish the ban.

Source: Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore), December 12, 2022