TikTok is a top quality Chinese App that has taken the world by storm, but now the app is the new prey of China and America Trade War. Recently, the United States has issued a security threat for the app. The U.S Government has also rallied against its parent company ByteDance and said that the app is interfering with intelligence and security laws of the country.
On the other hand, the senior management of the TikTok strongly denies these claims as false and baseless. The TikTok management said that the company has never ever handed over the customer’s data to any government and this fake propaganda should be stopped as soon as possible.
The company has issued a statement as “Our data centres are located entirely outside of China, and none of our data is subject to Chinese law. Further, we have a dedicated technical team focused on adhering to robust cybersecurity policies, and data privacy and security practices.”
A lecturer in global security at King’s College London, Tim Stevens said, “Is TikTok a national security threat or is it another punchbag in the middle of the US-China trade war? Potentially both.”
A senior research analyst for China with nonpartisan NGO Freedom House, Sarah Cook said, “The legal and political reality in China is that even if these companies would want to pushback against government requests it’d be very difficult, if not impossible, for them to do so or would carry severe implications for their companies and even for the executives personally.”
Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Zhang Yiming said, “The product has gone astray, posting content that goes against socialist core values.”
“It’s all on me. I accept all the punishment since it failed to direct public opinion in the right way,” Zhang Yiming continued.
Vanunu said, “Things become more complex cybersecurity-wise once you need to support two billion users.”
“For hacking groups, every vulnerability in TikTok potentially can open them to hundreds of millions users’ data. Is TikTok ready for this challenge?” Vanunu added.