The U.S. government has asked TikTok’s Chinese owners to sell their stake or face a potential ban on the app in the United States.
On Wednesday, it was reported that biden out of concern that their user data will be shared with Chinese government.
This is the first time this administration has threatened to impose a ban.
In 2020, donald trump He was thwarted by a US court when he tried to ban Tik Tokowned by Beijing-based ByteDance.
China responded to the White House’s request, accusing the United States of lacking evidence that TikTok threatened its national security.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin said: “The United States should stop spreading false information about data security, stop suppressing relevant companies, and provide an open, fair, and non-discriminatory environment for foreign companies to invest and operate in the United States.”
TikTok, which has more than 100 million U.S. users, has been killed by the White House after it ordered government agencies to ban its use. Remove applications on federated devices and systems.
More than 30 states have followed suit, banning workers from using social media platforms on government-owned devices.
China condemns The United States has expressed dissatisfaction with its TikTok ban, saying it has been “abusing state power.”
Some have suggested a nationwide ban since Republicans and Democrats teamed up to unveil bipartisan legislation late last year This will enforce a selection like this.
TikTok isn’t just under fire in the US — Canada has declared the app poses an “unacceptable risk” and banned it from government devices, same as European CommissionBelgium and the Netherlands.
Taiwan and Afghanistan have also imposed their own bans India Block TikTok completely.
TikTok spokesman Brooke Oberwetter confirmed the possible ban, but said: “If protecting national security is the goal, divestment will not solve the problem: the change of ownership will not impose any new restrictions on data flow or access.”
The White House declined to comment.
Why the government is considering banning TikTok
ByteDance failed to reach a deal with Walmart and Oracle to transfer TikTok’s U.S. assets to a new entity under the Trump administration.
TikTok CEO Zhou Shouzi will appear in Congress next week, whether China will attend remains to be seen
The government would approve the sale, and the Chinese embassy in Washington had no immediate comment.
The app said it had spent more than $1.5 billion on data security and rejected the espionage allegations.
TikTok said: “The best way to address national security concerns is through transparent, US-based protection of US user data and systems, with robust third-party monitoring, review and verification.”
Regarding the national security risks of TikTok, Democratic Senator Mark Warner said last week: “The government has a responsibility to show that this is a threat.”