Biden administration menace ban TikTok in the US if ByteDance refuses to sell the app to a foreign firm The US government is increasingly concerned that Chinese intelligence agencies have de jure access to the personal data of all users, including those based in the US In response, TikTok claims to have inserted place US users’ data protection mechanisms and proposes to go even further — but these guarantees are hard to convince The Biden administration demanded on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from the Chinese owner of TikTok, ByteDance, the sale of the network social an American company – or at least a structure capable of pulling an application out of the Chinese bosom. ByteDance is indeed based in Beijing, and according to a law passed by China in 2017, “any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with the work of the intelligence agencies.” Therefore, authorities around the world are asking questions about the risk associated with such a popular application as TikTok. Fears that have become particularly acute in the United States since the Trump administration. However, the Biden administration remains very firm on the issue, coming back in recent days to force TikTok out of the Chinese intelligence perimeter at all costs.
TikTok tries to reassure, but fails to convince
It must be said that the statements are related, for example, to the statement of FBI Director Christopher Ray, who explained last November that TikTok could be hijacked by Chinese intelligence to collect personal data. millions users or influence public opinion. Therefore, the future of TikTok in the United States becomes especially uncertain. Especially since the country has already banned its officials from installing the app or using the network. social. TikTok is especially popular in the US, especially among teenagers. According to a Pew Research Center survey released in 2022, roughly 67% of American teens have already used TikTok, which has over 100 users to date. millions US users. Net social competes there with other well-established platforms such as Instagram (Meta) and YouTube (Google). Earlier this month, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted on a bill that the Republican Party says would give the Biden administration the power to ban TikTok nationwide. The text is well prepared for effective adoption. TikTok is still trying to put out the fire year after year. ByteDance officials met with US lawmakers to outline a $1.5 billion restructuring plan for the company’s US operations. TikTok spokeswoman Hilary McQuaid said at the time that a simple change in ownership does not in itself impose new restrictions on data flows or access. According to this official, the best way to respond to American security concerns is to enact place powerful and transparent mechanism protection US user data tracked and verified by a third party. However, other countries besides the United States are also interested in the TikTok case – in particular, French elected officials are also considering a ban on the application for the same reasons.