China appeals for fair treatment after recent ban on Tiktok
Governments are concerned that ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, may pass on browsing history or other data about users to the Chinese government or promote disinformation and misleading information.
China on Friday appealed to the governments of other countries to treat its companies fairly after Britain, New Zealand and the US banned TikTok. The US, Britain and New Zealand have banned TikTok over fears that the China-owned short video service could be a security threat. Governments are concerned that ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, may pass on browsing history or other data about users to the Chinese government or promote disinformation and misleading information.
“We call on all countries to consider objective facts, effectively respect the market economy, and provide a non-discriminatory environment for all companies,” said Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. Said on Friday that members and employees in the country’s parliament will not be able to use the Tiktok app on the phone. Britain announced a ban on the Chinese video app on government phones on Thursday. In February, the White House asked federal agencies to delete TikTok on government mobiles within 30 days.
India has also banned several other Chinese apps including Tiktok and WeChat messaging service on security and privacy grounds. The Chinese government accused Washington of spreading false information about TikTok after The Wall Street Journal reported that authorities have warned that Beijing-based Byte Dance Ltd. If sold, Tiktok will be banned in the US.
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