US instructs Chinese owners to sell TikTok or face app ban

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The US authorities has demanded that TikTok's Chinese owners merchantability their shares oregon look a imaginable prohibition connected the app successful America.

The quality emerged connected Wednesday that the Biden administration was taking melodramatic steps to perchance artifact the video-sharing app successful the US amid fears of its idiosyncratic information being shared with the Chinese government.

It's the archetypal clip nether the medication that a prohibition has been threatened.

In 2020, Donald Trump was impeded by US courts erstwhile helium tried to prohibition TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance.

TikTok, which has much than 100 cardinal US users, has already been stifled by the White House aft it ordered authorities agencies to delete the app connected national devices and systems.

More than 30 states followed suit, preventing unit from utilizing the societal media level connected government-owned devices.

China denounced the US implicit its TikTok bans, saying it has been "abusing authorities power".

Some are suggesting a nationwide ban, arsenic Republicans and Democrats joined forces precocious past twelvemonth to unveil bipartisan authorities that would enforce specified an option.

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Why is TikTok getting banned?

It's not lone successful America wherever TikTok has travel nether occurrence - Canada announced the app posed an "unacceptable risk" and banned it from authorities devices, as has the European Commission, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Taiwan and Afghanistan person besides enforced their ain bans, with India blocking TikTok completely.

TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter confirmed the imaginable prohibition but said: "If protecting nationalist information is the objective, divestment doesn't lick the problem: a alteration successful ownership would not enforce immoderate caller restrictions connected information flows oregon access."

The White House declined to comment.

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FBI director: TikTok 'screams' of information concerns

ByteDance had failed to onslaught a woody with Walmart and Oracle to displacement TikTok's US assets into a caller entity nether the Trump administration.

TikTok Chief Executive Shou Zi Chew volition look earlier Congress adjacent week and it remains to beryllium seen if the Chinese
government would o.k. of a sale, nor did the Chinese Embassy successful Washington marque immoderate contiguous comments.

The app said it has spent much than $1.5bn connected information information efforts and rejects spying allegations.

TikTok said: "The champion mode to code concerns astir nationalist information is with the transparent, US-based extortion of US idiosyncratic information and systems, with robust third-party monitoring, vetting, and verification."

On TikTok's nationalist information risks, Democratic legislator Mark Warner said past week: "It's going to beryllium incumbent connected the authorities to amusement its cards successful presumption of however this is simply a threat."

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