TikTok is under threat from Governments around the world, looking to ban the platform. The French Minister of Public Transformation and Service, Stanislas Guerini has instructed ministers and secretaries that TikTok is now banned on Government equipment.
The press release around the announcement highlights that ‘recreational applications’ do not have sufficient levels of cybersecurity and data protection to be deployed on government equipment.
It goes on to say that these applications, therefore, constitute a risk to the protection of the data of these administrations and their public officials.
French is not alone, with the CEO of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew, recently questioned at the US Congress’s House Committee on Energy and Commerce. During this session, he faced many questions relating to how the company interacts with its Chinese parent company ByteDance.
Chew was clear that the two are structurally separated and followed up with his own summary video, committing to all the US data being stored in US data centers.
TikTok recently revealed it has more than 150 Million users in the US alone and anyone who has used the platform understands how addictive it can be. This raises the question, are there genuinely security concerns here, or is this move to ban TikTok, really an anti-competitive move?
What’s maybe even more ironic about the ban, is the fact that the French President, Emmanuel Macron, actually has a TikTok account, with more than 3.9 Million followers and 28 Million Likes.
The full statement from the French Minister is translated below:
Guerini also tweeted about the announcement.