The US government accused TikTok, the strongest Chinese social network of the moment, to do “espionage”. He may have to come under pressure from the US government to eliminate the influence of Chinese government.
TikTok: pressure from the US government
Chinese TikTok owners may suffer pressures per don’t invest anymore in the American market. Concerns over the security of the popular social media platform have led some Biden administration officials to “push for a sale of the Chinese-owned company’s US operations to ensure Beijing cannot exploit the app for spying and influence politics”. That’s according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, which cites unnamed sources.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, with representatives from the Pentagon and the Department of Justice, have given the idea of a forced sale of TikTok shares. Among the concerns is the idea that the Chinese government may be using TikTok to acquire information about US users and dictate what content is and is not shown on the platform, in an effort to sway popular US opinion.
TikTok accused of espionage
National security concerns regarding the espionage of TikTok have increased in recent weeks. The government has banned the use of the app on government-issued devices or networks in some states, including Virginia and Georgiain some universities in Georgia, Oklahoma and Alabama which likewise prevent access from campus computers and networks.
The property and national security concerns over TikTok are not new. In the past, the Trump administration had tried unsuccessfully to ban the use of the social media platform in the United States.