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UK Probing TikTok’s Ownership
Published on: 2023-03-15
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The UK is carrying out an “important” investigation into Chinese social media app TikTok, Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said, but he refused to be drawn on whether it would be banned from UK government mobile devices.

Speaking to broadcasters on Tuesday morning, Tugendhat confirmed that he has asked Britain’s National Security Cyber Centre to look into the app, and said it is right to investigate concerns about TikTok’s ownership. “I haven’t had an answer yet,” he said.

“I haven’t personally downloaded TikTok for reasons you can probably guess,” Tugendhat told Sky News.

Tugendhat said it was “certainly clear that for many young people TikTok is a news source,” and that “it is important to know who owns a news source,” whether it’s a social media app or a newspaper. TikTok’s parent company ByteDance Ltd is headquartered in Beijing.

A person familiar with UK plans said at the weekend that the app would be banned, following a similar decision by the European Commission. Western governments have become increasingly worried about TikTok’s potential national security risk, in light of concerns around its parent company, ByteDance Ltd.


北京时间3月14日消息,英国安全事务大臣汤姆•图根哈特(Tom Tugendhat)周二表示,英国正在对短视频应用TikTok进行“重要”调查,但他拒绝透露英国政府的移动设备是否会禁止该应用。




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