TikTok ban: Now US and Australia call for block after India pulls app

TikTok ban: Now US and Australia call for block after India pulls app

As of last September TikTok had 150,000 users in Hong Kong, which is a small chunk of the two billion downloads the app has gained globally up to this April.

While that is a negligible amount of the userbase, what is a bigger blow is the ban that’s already enforced in India – and calls for the same in the US and Australia.

As reported on in a post by Business Insider, there is increasing pressure down under for a ban on TikTok just one month after the firm opened their first local office.

An unnamed federal MP has called for TikTok to be banned in Australia while Senator Jenny McAllister also spoke about the issue.

The chair of Australia’s Select Committee on Foreign Interference Through Social Media said: “There have been credible reports that TikTok takes more data than its users would expect, and moderates content for reasons that its users may not be comfortable with.

“I think Australians would expect that TikTok and other platforms will appear before the Senate committee to answer questions – both about their own policies and the best way to secure a healthy social media environment.”

Published at Wed, 08 Jul 2020 05:01:00 +0000