March 29, 2023
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  • TikTok claims the US authorities is threatening a ban if it doesn’t divest itself from its China-based homeowners.
  • US officers imagine the app presents a nationwide safety danger, which TikTok denies.
  • The app has already been banned on authorities units in 30 states.

The struggle over TikTok‘s presence within the US continues to rage on. Within the newest report, TikTok’s CEO is claiming that the US authorities is threatening a nationwide ban on the app if it doesn’t divest from ByteDance.

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew advised Reuters on Wednesday, “The Biden administration has demanded that TikTok’s Chinese language homeowners divest their stakes within the in style video app or face a attainable U.S. ban.” This might mark the primary time underneath the Biden administration that such a requirement has been made. It will even be probably the most dramatic step taken by US officers and legislators thus far.

Nevertheless, it’s not the primary time threats of a nationwide ban have taken place. Former President Donald Trump had beforehand tried to implement a ban in 2020. However the transfer was later blocked by US courts.

The motivation for implementing a ban stems from the worry that US consumer knowledge may very well be handed on to China’s authorities. This worry isn’t distinctive to the US both as different international locations — just like the UK — have additionally taken measures to ban the app from authorities units.

In response to the US authorities’s calls for, TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter stated “If defending nationwide safety is the target, divestment doesn’t resolve the issue: a change in possession wouldn’t impose any new restrictions on knowledge flows or entry.” China’s overseas ministry additionally chimed in claiming that the US has but to supply proof that TikTok poses a risk to nationwide safety.

TikTok has made promises to protect US consumer knowledge from China by counting on home Oracle servers and implementing different knowledge administration protocols. It has additionally been working for the final two years to assuage knowledge privateness issues after the primary ban try, spending over a billion on an initiative known as Venture Texas.

Nevertheless, a former TikTok worker of the corporate’s belief and security workforce advised The Washington Post that there are vital flaws with Venture Texas. The worker went on to say that it’s nonetheless theoretically attainable for China to entry US consumer knowledge. However there are stories that the worker left TikTok months earlier than the corporate finalized its Venture Texas plan.

In keeping with Reuters, Chew is anticipated to talk with US Congress subsequent week.