Joe Biden’s campaign orders employees to DELETE TikTok from their phones over security and privacy concerns about the Chinese video-sharing app
- The campaign’s top lawyer sent a memo to employees on Monday to remove TikTok
- Cited security and privacy over Chinese-owned service
- TikTok faces regulatory challenges and a possible US ban worldwide
- Biden campaign also forbids employees from trading stock without approval
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has banned employees from using the Chinese video sharing app Tickcock, citing security and privacy concerns.
According to Bloomberg, in a memorandum on Monday, Biden’s general counsel, Dana Remus, ordered staff members to remove TickTalk from both their personal and work phones, and to stop TikTok from downloading and using them.
The memo also prohibits the business from trading individual shares without approval from the campaign’s general counsel, an unusual move for a presidential campaign.
Tiktok faces regulatory challenges around the world, and a possible ban by the US government on the Beijing government could force Beijing’s own Chinese boss to turn over user data.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has banned employees from using the Chinese video sharing app Tickcock, citing security and privacy concerns
The Senate is currently slated to vote on a bill that would ban the use of Tiktok on all government-issued devices.
The ‘No Devices on Government Devices Act’, sponsored by Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley, was unanimously passed by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
Government agencies including Wells Fargo, and the Transportation Security Administration have instructed their employees to remove TickTalk from their work phones.
Tiktok’s widespread popularity among American teenagers has prompted scrutiny from US regulators and lawmakers who fear their personal information may fall into the hands of government officials in Beijing.
TikTok, which was originally used to make short dances, lip-sync, comedy and talent videos, said that 60 percent of its 26.5 million monthly active users last year are 16 to 24 years old.
Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate in the country’s national intelligence operations.
Tiktok is facing regulatory challenges around the world, and a possible ban by the US government on Beijing could force its Chinese boss to turn over its data
Last week, the House of Representatives barred federal employees from downloading apps on government-issued devices as part of a $ 741 billion defense policy bill.
Lawmakers voted 336-71 to pass the motion, which was introduced by Rep. Ken Buck of the Colorado Republic.
With the passage in the Democrat-controlled House and approval by the Republican-led Senate Committee, prohibition legislation could soon become law in the United States.
Top officials of the Trump administration have also said that they were considering a broader ban on TikTok and other Chinese-linked apps, and that action could be imminent.
For example, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently stated that Americans should use caution in using the app.
TikTok spokesman Jamie Fawazza said the company’s growing US team has no higher priority than promoting a secure app experience that protects users’ privacy.
“Millions of American families use TicketLock for entertainment and creative expression, which we identify as what the federal government’s tools are not,” he said.