…America insists that Chinese government uses TikTok to collect users’ data
The United States President, Donald Trump on Monday has given the popular Chinese-owned video App TikTok till September 15 to close business operations in America except it is sold to an American organisation.
He also mounted pressure on ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok to reach a deal, following Microsoft confirmed at the weekend that the two parties were in discussions.
The White House has insisted that TikTok collects users’ individual data that the Chinese government can contact and utilise for intelligence, which has made it to subject the App to formal investigation on US national security basis.
“I set a date of around September 15, at which point it’s going to be out of business in the United States,” Trump revealed to journalists.
“It’ll close down on September 15th unless Microsoft or somebody else is able to buy it and work out a deal.”
“You can’t be controlled, for security reasons, by China. Too big, too invasive,” he said while approving the Microsoft talks.
TikTok is used by nearly a billion people across the globe to make unusual 60-second videos on the mobile phones.
While the company rebuffs that its user personal information goes to the Chinese government, ByteDance founder, Zhang Yiming acknowledged on Monday that it was under intense pressure, and affirmed that they were working vigorously “for the best outcome.”
“We have always been committed to ensuring user data security, as well as the platform neutrality and transparency,” Zhang Yiming told employees while addressing Chinese media.
He added that the company battles “mounting complexities across the geopolitical landscape and significant external pressure.”
Meanwhile, Britain’s The Sun newspaper disclosed on Monday that ByteDance is planning to move TikTok to Britain as alternative location for its global business operations.
China has however reacted on Monday through its foreign ministry as said by its spokesperson, Wang Wenbin describing United States hypocritical for demanding TikTok to be sold.
“The US is using an absurd concept of national security and, without providing any evidence, is making presumptions of guilt and issuing threats to relevant companies. This goes against the principle of market economy and exposes the hypocrisy and typical double standards of the US in upholding so-called fairness and freedom,” he said.