TikTok which is a popular social media platform for short videos owned by ByteDance, however, has raised security concerns time and again.
New Delhi| The United States and Australia are considering to ban Chinese-owned apps including TikTok amidst rising Global resentment against China. The decision comes days after India imposed a ban on 59 apps, mostly Chinese in view of security threat and possible user data being shared with the Chinese Communist Party government.
Speaking to Fox News, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo indicated that the government is considering banning of Chinese apps in the country. “I don’t want to get out before President Donald Trump, but its something we are looking at,” he told Fox News.
TikTok’s Parent company ByteDance is the most valued startup currently and has numerous social media platforms. TikTok which is a popular social media platform for short videos, however, has raised security concerns time and again. In the US, some lawmakers had already raised concerns over user data being shared with the Chinese government. However, the company on its part said that its servers are located outside China, so the Chinese data sharing laws do not apply to it.
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Meanwhile, in Australia too call for banning Chinese apps is gaining strength. An unnamed Federal MP has even drawn a proposal of putting TikTok officials before Foreign Interference through Social Media senate inquiry. There are fears of the app developer sharing the Australian user data with the Chinese government.
China enacted the National Security Law in 2017 which mandates all the tech companies based in China or have Chinese ownership to share any and all information that the Chinese Government may ask for.
In its statement banning the Chinese apps, the Indian government had said that concerns were raised on data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. “It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country,” it said.