The University of Florida urged its students to stop using TikTok in the face of possible foreign espionage
The University of Florida urged its students to stop using TikTok (REUTERS)
The University of Florida (UF) suggested this Friday to its students that they stop using the TikTok app. The recommendation was also sent to the teaching staff and administrative staff in view of the“national security concerns” that revolve around it.
The institution sent an email explaining that several experts in the field have pointed out the possibility that foreign governments – such as the Chinese regime – are using the app to collect data, “influence the recommendation algorithm, and compromise personal devices”.
TikTok is accused of collecting data, “influencing the recommendation algorithm and compromise personal devices” (AP)
“We strongly recommend that everyone stop using TikTok and remove the app from their devices,” the university continued in the email.
With this, the educational entity joined the increasingly extensive list of institutions, entities, officials and personalities that have attacked the application and have even advanced with measures against it.
Among them, last month the governor of Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin, signed an executive order establishing the < b>ban on downloading and using TikTok and WeChat on devices used for work. The measure covers both applications as they are owned by Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent, pointed out of these practices of control and espionage.
Together with the Republican, some twenty states spoke out, among them Texas, Alabama and Tennessee and, just days ago in December, the US Congress passed a similar rule banning the use of TikTok on official federal government devices< /b>.
In December Congress raised the alert and approved a rule that prohibits the use of TikTok on official federal government devices (REUTERS)
Another of the strong voices that targeted the popular Chinese application was Mike Pompeo, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States (CIA) and former Secretary of State.
This Thursday the former official warned of the dangers browsing the app and extended his advice to parents, asking them to remove it from their children's and grandchildren's phones.
“If you care about your kids and grandkids, get TikTok off their phones. Just delete it. Trust me, they'll thank you later,” Pompeo wrote on his Twitter account.
Mike Pompeo asked that the app be removed from the children's devices (REUTERS)
Also, days before Republican lawmaker Mike Gallagher -who leads the fight against China in Congress- had compared it to a strong opioid.
“TikTok is the digital equivalent of fentanyl. It is highly addictive and destructive and we are seeing worrying data about the corrosive impact of constant use of social media,” he said.
“We have to ask ourselves if we want the Chinese Communist Party tocontrol what is about to become the most powerful media company in the United States,” Gallagher added in dialogue with NBC.
Mike Gallagher also pointed against TikTok and compared it to fentanyl (REUTERS)
Despite the fact that the Biden Administration and ByteDance have reportedly been in talks to reach a long-term agreement with strict safeguards for US user data< /b>, this plan appears to have been thwarted following statements by Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI, who said he continues to view TikTok as a security threat I was born onal.
(With information from EFE)