US threatens TikTok ban if app isn’t bought – report

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The US authorities says TikTok needs to be bought or else face a doable ban within the nation, in response to stories.

The video-sharing app, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, is accused of posing a nationwide safety danger by knowledge gathered from tens of millions of customers.

A request for a change in possession, first reported within the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), was confirmed to BBC News by TikTok.

The firm mentioned a pressured sale wouldn’t change its knowledge flows or entry.

The White House has not but responded to a BBC News request for remark.

For years American officers have raised issues that knowledge from the favored app might fall into the fingers of the Chinese authorities.

According to the WSJ, US President Joe Biden’s administration desires ByteDance to divest itself of TikTok to create a transparent break from China.

The newspaper mentioned the Committee on Foreign Investments within the United States (CFIUS), which oversees nationwide safety dangers, unanimously advisable ByteDance divest from TikTok.

A spokesperson for TikTok mentioned it didn’t dispute the WSJ’s reporting and confirmed it had been contacted by CFIUS.

However, the spokesperson mentioned the reporting was overstated and it was not clear what “divestiture” meant in observe.

“If protecting national security is the objective, divestment doesn’t solve the problem: a change in ownership would not impose any new restrictions on data flows or access.” the spokesperson mentioned.

“The best way to address concerns about national security is with the transparent, U.S.-based protection of U.S. user data and systems”.

A ban was first threatened below then-President Donald Trump in 2020.

However, Mr Biden’s administration has additionally taken a dim view of the social community.

TikTok hoovers up big quantities of information on its customers, just like Instagram and Twitter.

It can take biometric knowledge from customers and has entry to location knowledge. The fear is the knowledge could possibly be handed to the Chinese authorities.

TikTok says it has undertaken an effort to move all US-based knowledge to the US as a part of an initiative it calls Project Texas.

The firm has instructed BBC News it nonetheless plans to move ahead with that plan.

The improvement comes per week after new laws was introduced that will increase the president’s authority to ban TikTok nationwide was unveiled within the senate.

The Restrict Act would permit the US Commerce Department to declare foreign-linked corporations nationwide safety dangers.

TikTok is banned on authorities telephones within the US, Canada and the EU.

Its chief govt, Shou Zi Chew, is ready to testify earlier than the US Congress subsequent week in a broadly anticipated showdown.

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