India has established an “incredibly important precedent” TikTok was banned two and a half years agoFCC commissioner predicts similar fate for Chinese app giant Bytedance, the US
Brendan Carr, FCC commissioner, warned TikTok that it “acts like sophisticated surveillance tools.” He told Economic Times in India that blocking the social media app is “a natural next stage in our efforts to secure this network.”
The Federal Communications Commission’s senior Republican member stated that he was concerned that China could use sensitive and non-public data obtained from TikTok for “extortion and espionage” and foreign influence campaigns.
He stated that India should be followed on a larger basis to eliminate other nefarious applications.
Carr’s remarks are also indicative of the growing concern by US lawmakers and states about TikTok. The app has more than 100 millions users in the US.
India has Hundreds of apps blockedAmong them are TikTok and PUBG Mobile, Battlegrounds Mobile India, UC Browser, which have been associated with China over the past two years, amid skirmishes at the borders of the two neighbouring countries.
New Delhi stated that it had banned the apps due to threats to India’s “national security and defence, which ultimately impinges India’s sovereignty and integrity.”
TikTok had over 200 million monthly active users from India, and the South Asian country was its largest international market before the ban.
“India’s strong leadership has been informative and helpful as we discussed banning TikTok in the US,” Kar for the Indian newspaper (Paywall). “For those who argue that there is no way to block an app, India is an example of a country that has done it and implemented it successfully.”
American House It banned TikTok on all home-run devices last weekThe statement said that there is a “high-risk due to a number security issues.” Nearly two dozen states have blocked the app from their state-run devices, citing concerns that China could track Americans and censor content.
He stated that he did not see any other way forward if he looked at the history of TikTok’s malicious data flows, and its misleading acknowledgments.
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