The ban is a result of the US and the EU Commission’s decision to take down it from every state-owned device.
Another country has also taken the decision to block TikTok on devices used by the government and devices, with Canada raising security concerns about the social media application.
This is in line with other initiatives like the US which has given its employees 30 days to uninstall the app from all government equipment. In addition, the EU Commission also announced similar measures earlier this week.
ByteDance The owners of TikTok, the Social Media Platform has accused the nations of not communicating with the company and singled out TikTok in a way that is unfair.
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Canada’s TikTok Ban for Employees
On Monday on Monday, on Monday, the Canadian government announced it had decided to prohibit the China-owned and operated social media application, TikTok, from government devices.
The government has said that security concerns have prompted the ban, citing problems concerning the data collection policies of the company. Although ByteDance claims that its platform is safe, leaks from last year suggested that user data from the West could be accessible by Chinese workers. Chinese citizens can access TikTok in a different version. TikTok has stricter restrictions and more extensive levels of surveillance.
Canadian users are able to access to the program and can download it however, Prime Secretary Justin Trudeau did theorize that this move could make businesses and users rethink their usage of the application.
“I suspect that as government takes the significant step of telling all federal employees that they can no longer use TikTok on their work phones, many Canadians from business to private individuals will reflect on the security of their own data and perhaps make choices.” The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
TikTok Bans so Far
Canada isn’t alone to request that government officials stop using the app TikTok. The US government blocked the social media site last December and, last week, issued a notice to everyone in the workforce that they had 30 days to delete the app from devices owned by the government.
The EU Commission has also taken steps to stop the app. Users are being granted until the 15th of March to clean and remove the app from their devices.
“The measure aims to protect the Commission against cybersecurity threats and actions which may be exploited for cyberattacks against the corporate environment of the commission.” – EU spokeswoman Sonya Gospodinova
India was among the first nations to stop TikTok and took measures in 2020 to eliminate it simultaneously with a variety of other apps owned by the Chinese such as Weibo as well as WeChat. But, unlike EU, US, and Canadian bans it was prohibited for Indian citizens. In the past, its population of users was about 200 million.
TikTok Responds to Bans
ByteDance’s reaction to the Canadian ban is similar to prior responses to these moves in other countries. In an announcement, it complained that the decision to block the app was made without any consulting.
“We are always available to meet with our government officials to discuss how we protect the privacy and security of Canadians, but singling out TikTok in this way does nothing to achieve that shared goal.” A ByteDance spokesperson for the company
It also has accused Canada of blocking “officials from reaching the public on a platform loved by millions of Canadians.”