On today’s NOTICE News Daily: The federal government is banning TikTok from all government owned devices and networks. We break down why. Plus: can you tell me what time it is – on the Moon? Why scientists want the moon to have its own time zone.
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Top Story: The U.S. Government Moves to Ban TikTok
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The White House on Monday gave government agencies 30 days to ensure they do not have Chinese-owned app TikTok on federal devices and systems. The ban, ordered by Congress late last year, follows similar actions from Canada, the EU, Taiwan and more than half of U.S. states The device ban — while impacting a tiny portion of TikTok’s U.S. user base — adds fuel to calls for an outright ban on the video-sharing app. National security concerns about China surged in recent weeks after a Chinese balloon drifted over the U.S. >> Full story
- Go Deeper: 7 Countries That Have Banned TikTok (In Some Way Or Another) (Reuters)
- Good Explainer: Why TikTok is being banned on gov’t phones in US and beyond (AP)
- The Response: China hits out at US over TikTok ban on federal devices (BBC)
- From the Archives: Why Biden revoked and replaced Trump’s TikTok ban (CNBC)
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Should the Moon Have its Own Time Zone?
“With dozens of lunar missions planned for the years ahead — including ones to build bases and other habitats on the moon — it may be time for some synchronicity, according to the European Space Agency. Time in space is usually calculated based on the time on Earth, but as different nations plan to operate on and around the moon, it may require a universal method for lunar timekeeping.” >> Full story from NBC News