BBC advises staff to delete TikTok from work phones

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By Zoe Kleinman, Andre Rhoden-Paul & Chris Vallance

BBC News

The BBC has advised unit to delete TikTok from firm phones due to the fact that of privateness and information fears.

The BBC seems to beryllium the archetypal UK media organisation to contented the guidance - and lone the 2nd successful the satellite after Denmark's nationalist work broadcaster.

The BBC said it would proceed to usage the level for editorial and selling purposes for now. TikTok has consistently denied immoderate wrongdoing.

The app has been banned connected authorities phones successful the UK and elsewhere.

Countries imposing bans see the US, Canada, New Zealand and Belgium, portion the aforesaid applies to anyone moving astatine the European Commission.

However, it is inactive permitted connected idiosyncratic devices.

The large fearfulness is that information harvested by the level from firm phones could beryllium shared with the Chinese authorities by TikTok's genitor institution ByteDance, due to the fact that its office are successful Beijing.

TikTok says the bans are based connected "fundamental misconceptions".

ByteDance employees were recovered to person tracked the locations of a fistful of Western journalists successful 2022. The institution says they were fired.

Alicia Kearns, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee, was asked for her presumption connected the BBC's decision, and tweeted: "If protecting sources isn't a priority, that's a large problem."

'Encouraging TikTok, not banning it'

Dominic Ponsford, editor-in-chief of journalism manufacture commercialized work the Press Gazette, said it would beryllium absorbing to spot what different media organisations determine to do.

He told the BBC: "I fishy everyone's main method serviceman volition beryllium looking astatine this precise closely.

"Until now, quality organisations person been precise keen to usage TikTok, due to the fact that it's been 1 of the fastest-growing societal media platforms for quality publishers implicit the past year, and it's been a bully root of assemblage and traffic.

"So astir of the speech successful the quality media has been astir encouraging TikTok alternatively than banning it."

BBC taking information 'incredibly seriously'

The short-video level is known for its viral creation crazes, sketches and filters and is hugely fashionable among young people, with much than 3.5 cardinal downloads worldwide.

Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy tweeted successful absorption to the decision: "BBC News making large play for views connected TikTok but present the BBC is telling unit not to person it connected their phones".

A BBC spokesperson said it took the information and information of its systems, information and radical "incredibly seriously".

In an email to unit connected Sunday, it said: "The determination is based connected concerns raised by authorities authorities worldwide regarding information privateness and security.

"If the instrumentality is simply a BBC firm device, and you bash not request TikTok for concern reasons, TikTok should beryllium deleted from the BBC firm mobile device."

Staff with the app connected a idiosyncratic telephone that they besides usage for enactment person been asked to interaction the corporation's Information Security squad for further discussions, portion it reviews concerns astir TikTok.

BBC News has its ain TikTok transmission with 1.2 cardinal followers, and has precocious recruited journalists to enactment specifically connected creating contented for it. A abstracted BBC account, which shares BBC programme clips, has much than 4 cardinal followers.

When asked, by BBC News, wherefore the BBC was continuing to indirectly promote usage of the app by audiences portion removing it from galore firm phones, the corp said that it was giving guidance to unit with entree to delicate data, and was not issuing a nationalist informing astir the wide usage of TikTok.

TikTok said it was disappointed with the BBC's decision.

A spokesperson said: "The BBC has a beardown beingness connected our platform, with aggregate accounts from quality done to euphony reaching our engaged assemblage some successful the UK and astir the world.

"We judge these bans person been based connected cardinal misconceptions and driven by wider geopolitics.

"We stay successful adjacent dialog with the BBC and are committed to moving with them to code immoderate concerns they have."

Other societal media platforms person besides faced disapproval implicit privateness and data, but they are chiefly US-owned - whereas ByteDance has faced claims of being influenced by Beijing.

While determination has been nary coagulated impervious of this, determination person been a fig of incidents which person raised suspicions contempt TikTok's repeated denial that it has ever shared information with the Chinese government. It asserts that each Western users' information is stored extracurricular the country.

For example, a US TikTokker shared a video criticising the Chinese government's attraction of the Uighur Muslims, and it was taken down. TikTok said this was a mistake.

This has added to the nervousness of governments and information specialists - contempt the firm's accordant denials.

All Western societal networks, which TikTok says stitchery akin information connected their users, are officially blocked successful China.

China has accused the US of spreading disinformation and suppressing TikTok. Both erstwhile President Donald Trump and existent President Joe Biden judge the level should beryllium sold to a US company.

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