TikTok bans spread globally
More than a dozen countries around the world have introduced full, partial or public sector bans on TikTok amid heightened national security concerns.
Why it matters: Most of the bans that have been introduced are limited to public sector or government devices. But a growing number of private companies are unilaterally blocking the app as the U.S. government considers an outright ban if TikTok's Chinese owners don't sell the U.S. version of the app.
- In the U.S., The White House last month gave federal agencies 30 days to remove TikTok from all phones and systems.
- The Department of Justice and the FBI are currently investigating TikTok for surveilling journalists through the app.
Be smart: As public sector concerns about TikTok spread, private companies and networks are also beginning to take action.
- Several U.S. colleges are also banning TikTok from their local Internet networks, citing security concerns.
- The BBC, a government-funded news outlet in the U.K., told staff on Sunday to delete TikTok from their devices unless they need it for "editorial and marketing purposes."
The big picture: TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew argues that selling TikTok to a U.S. company wouldn't address any national security concerns, and instead points to data privacy measures TikTok is taking as a better solution. But lawmakers are still skeptical.
What's next: Chew is expected to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday.