TikTok Ban Hits New Zealand Parliamentarians

epa10525606 The Douyin logo, the Chinese counterpart of TikTok is seen on a ByteDance office in Beijing, China, 16 March 2023. The Biden administration has threatened to ban TikTok in the US if the Chinese owners don'tsell their stakes. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

New Zealand will ban the Chinese social network TikTok on the devices of members of Parliament, aligning itself with other Western countries that have taken similar measures.

Parliamentary Network

The ban will affect all devices with access to the parliamentary network, said Rafael Gonzalez-Montero, a parliamentary official. It will go into effect on March 31st. According to Gonzalez-Montero, the risks are “unacceptable in the current New Zealand parliamentary environment. The decision was made on the basis of the analyzes of our own experts, after a discussion with our government and international colleagues”, he added. New Zealand will therefore follow the example of Canada, the United Kingdom and federal agencies in the United States, which have already banned TikTok from government devices over data security concerns. The European Commission has also ordered a ban on the app for sharing videos from its employees’ devices.

Global action against TikTok began in India in 2020. The social network was on a banned apps list after deadly border clashes with China, with New Delhi saying it was defending its sovereignty. That same year, former President Donald Trump accused TikTok of being a spy tool for Beijing. TikTok admitted that employees of its parent company ByteDance in China had access to Americans’ account information, but it has always denied passing this data to the authorities.
The current US president Joe Biden has threatened to completely ban the application from US territory if he does not part with ByteDance.

This article is originally published on ansa.it

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.