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TikTok: US Asks Chinese Owners To Sell Shares, Nations Ban The App

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According to TikTok this week, the US government has asked its Chinese owners to sell their shares in the well-known video app or risk a potential ban in the United States. The action comes after new US legislation was introduced that would permit the White House to stifle TikTok or other outside technologies if they pose a threat to national security.

Many nations and international organizations have chosen to ban the application.

China-based ByteDance, the most valued start-up in the world, is the owner of TikTok. Concerns over its close ties to the Chinese government and control over user data globally have been expressed by a number of nations.

List of countries which have banned TikTok:

New Zealand put a ban on using the app on devices connected with parliamentary networks due to cybersecurity concerns, making it the newest nation to target TikTok.

The United Kingdom would immediately prohibit TikTok from government phones, and asked the National Cyber Security Centre to assess the risks associated with how confidential information could be accessed and used as well as the potential vulnerability of government data from social media apps.

According to reports, TikTok will be deleted from Parliament in Scotland phones and devices due to security reasons.

TikTok and dozens of other Chinese developers’ apps were outlawed in India in June 2020 across the board due to concerns that they might compromise the security and purity of the nation.

Afghanistan is in discussions to outlaw PUBG and TikTok after the Taliban claimed that these were sending Afghan teenagers “astraying.”

Pakistan has at least four times banned TikTok, with the most recent prohibition ending in November. According to the government, the app contains immoral and lewd content.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on March 10 that workers of the federal government of Belgium will no longer be permitted to use TikTok on their work phones.

Due to security concerns, TikTok has been outlawed in Canada on gadgets provided by the government.

Taiwan banned TikTok and a few other Chinese apps from state-owned devices and opened an investigation into the social media app in December 2022 due to possible unlawful activity on the island.

Because of concerns that user data might be given to China’s government, the powerful national security body known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) unanimously suggested in 2020 that Byte Dance divest TikTok.

A bill to outlaw the well-known app in the United States was introduced by lawmakers from both of the country’s main parties in early March. TikTok was previously prohibited on federal devices by legislation approved by Congress in December 2022.

Due to security worries, the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, has issued an order prohibiting TikTok on the phones of its employees. Separately, the program was prohibited from staff phones at the European Parliament.

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