Mosman Council will join the State and Federal Governments in banning the popular social media app TikTok from employee devices, including phones and computers, citing security concerns.
They are believed to be the first Local Government in NSW to take the initiative.
A motion to prohibit the Chinese-owned video-sharing platform was passed unanimously at the monthly Council meeting on Tuesday night.
Mosman Council is believed to be the first Local Government in NSW to ban TikTok.
Mosman Council has recently taken a strong lead on emerging community concerns, including a crackdown on vapes and e-cigarettes being used in public spaces.
Last month, Council voted to support a review of the current smoking policy, intending to forbid all vaping products in areas where cigarettes are outlawed.
Councillor Simon Menzies – who put forward the vaping review – said he had witnessed “huge groups of teenagers”, smoking vapes at local playgrounds.
NSW Premier Chris Minns has banned TikTok from all State Government devices, deleting his own account on Thursday.
And at Tuesday’s meeting, Roy Bendall encouraged colleagues to keep the momentum up by deleting TikTok accounts on Council-owned mobile phones, including his own.
“As we lead the way in anti-vaping and anti-smoking, (Mosman Council) should take the initiative (and remove) TikTok from Council devices,” Deputy Mayor Roy Bendall said, raising the motion.
“There have been Congressional hearings about this matter recently .. TikTok has the ability not just to grab our contacts and our locations at any time, but they can harvest our emails and eventually build profiles on us.
“This is a security and IT issue. Let’s get ahead of the game now before our information is harvested.”