US & Canada government TikTok bans: BBC News Review reviews

June 17, 2023

The US and now Canada have banned TikTok from government phones. They are concerned that the Chinese app could be a security risk. Chinese authorities have criticised the move, saying that it is an overreaction.

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Key words and phrases:
✔️ purging – removing something that you don’t want
* We will purge corruption from this organisation.
* The new leader purged his opponent’s supporters from the party.

✔️ citing – giving as the reason for something
* More people are leaving their jobs citing stress.
* Make sure you cite any research you mention.

✔️ overstretching – getting something to do too much
* I’m going to stop now. I don’t want to overstretch myself.
* We’ve overstretched our budget – we have no money.

0:00 – Introduction
0:23 – Story
0:58 – Headline 1
2:42 – Headline 2
3:56 – Headline 3
5:17 – Language summary

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  1. Every day, I listen to this news review to improve my English.❤❤❤❤❤
    Thanks a lot!

  2. Thanks for your this video. I improve of vocabulary and listening skill more

  3. I like this video.💟❤

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  5. I love watching Beth.

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  9. Reply
    كرمة بن هاني June 17, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Fantastic explanation 👏

  10. As: The Purge
    All laws removed for twenty four hours.

  11. Reply
    Сергей Демидов June 17, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Ребята! Это здорово!!! Guys! This is clever and great!!!

  12. thanks a lot ! very interesting ….

  13. Person who is in China is getting content promoting information, hence society is encouraged to take STEM subjects. Now in USA or other country entertainment content is mainstream which in turn impacting then to become another content creator. Deep dive we all know which is better. In future USA will import more stem people from other country and China will be leading in sciences and R and D.

  14. So understandable..

  15. Citing, Purging and Overstretching

  16. Reply
    Unclassified Clips June 17, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    India did years ago 🤣🤣 meanwhile US 🤡

  17. True idea.TikTok is harmful for generations

  18. Reply
    Πετρος Νικου June 17, 2023 at 4:01 pm


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    Πετρος Νικου June 17, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Purging citing overstretching

  20. This is something the USA and Canada should learn from India when it comes to Security
    India Banned it 3 years ago because of this issue.

  21. Reply
    Felipe kenji dos Anjos June 17, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Every video, I have learned new words ! Thanks BBC and the teachers – Beth and Nail 🙂

  22. Hello Beth and Neil, I have learned new words. The news review is a great format to learn English and to be updated with the news. Thanks a lot!

  23. Reply
    Al Boraq TV البراق June 17, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    thank you

  24. They want to ban tic tok because it's the only platform where you can tell the truth and have free speech..mainstream media like BBC are all corrupt liars

  25. All love from Syria ❤

  26. I,m really glad to meet your chanel… keep doing well !!! Greeting from Panama

  27. 💢 I will purge this app from my phone.
    💢 I citied all books and sites that I have used in research.
    💢 She has overstretched her budget, so she has no bucks.

  28. Reply
    The English Proficiency June 17, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Great content! Analyzing English vocabulary in context is very helpful. Thank you BBC.

  29. Thank you so much

  30. No problem not to have social media apps on government devices.
    Government workers don’t seem to have work to do.

    Of course, China always think everyone’s against them.

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