Taiwan is considering a nationwide ban on TikTok after barring the Chinese-owned video app from government communication devices over national security concerns, according to an official.
The ban on the installation of TikTok and its Chinese version, Douyin, also applies to the Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu, also known as Little Red Book. An unnamed official from the Digital Affairs Ministry said the affected devices include mobile phones, tablets, and desktops.
The Chinese regime claims democratically-run Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to conquer the island nation by force if necessary.
But numerous accounts on the Douyin app impersonating Premier Su Tseng-chang and Taiwanese government agencies raised security concerns, Ho said.
A TikTok spokesperson told The Epoch Times by email that the company is be “happy to continue having constructive meetings with state policymakers” to discuss the privacy and security practices of the app.
US Security ConcernsBrendan Carr, one of five commissioners at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, commended Taiwan’s “smart” and “strong leadership” in banning TikTok from public sector devices.
“We do have national security concerns, obviously from the FBI’s end, about TikTok,” Wray told Congress during testimony in November.
“They include the possibility that the [CCP] could use it to control data collection on millions of users, or control the recommendation algorithm which could be used for influence operations if they so choose, or to control software on millions of devices.”
Elaine Fox, TikTok’s head of privacy for Europe, said that even though the social media app currently stores European user data in the United States and Singapore, it allows “certain employees within our corporate group” to have remote access to TikTok European user data.
Fox said employee access was “subject to a series of robust security controls and approval protocols, and by way of methods that are recognized under the General Data Protection Regulation.”