TikTok: the application soon to be banned in the United States?
This Tuesday, February 28, the Tiktok application was officially banned from American officials at the White House. These tensions between China and the United States would allow a bill banning the total use of Tiktok for Americans.
While the White Houseordered federal institutions that TikTok disappear from their respective phones within thirty days, this Monday, February 27, pursuant to a law approved in early January by the President of the United States, Joe Biden. The war with the Chinese application goes even further. This Tuesday, February 28, the US Congress' Foreign Affairs Committee was debating a Republican-backed bill, which “would give President Joe Biden the authority to ban TikTok completely on United States” according to France 24.
Since Tiktok is a subsidiary of the Chinese group ByteDance, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lower house of the United States Congress, Michael McCaul, does not trust China. If tensions between China and the United Stateshave been going on for centuries, this bill vis-à-vis Tikok would first have to be passed by both houses. Strict measures against China are among the rare subjects that bring together the right and the left in Congress, especially after “the destruction of a supposed Chinese spy balloon”.
Tiktok, a threat for the United States?
Many US elected officials believe that the Tiktok app poses a threat to national security. “TikTok is a modern Chinese Communist Party Trojan used to monitor Americans and exploit their personal information,” said Michael McCaul, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lower house of the US Congress. , this Tuesday, February 28. Government officials fear that Beijing could not access user data from around the world through this application. A fact that TikTok has denied for years. Nevertheless, the Chinese company stores US user data on servers located in the country. Tiktok admitted that employees based in China had access to it under “a strict and limited framework” but not the Chinese government.