Apple and Google must ban TikTok in their stores, says US government

TikTok is undoubtedly one of the most popular social networks on the planet. However, the name of the app is currently resonating with the internet world for a different reason. Yes, it’s been quite controversial since its inception; some love it while others don’t leave a thread dry, but this time the reason it’s filling the thumbs up headlines is somewhere else.

Is TikTok a write-off?

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We recently informed you that in the United States, a ban has been issued on the installation of the app on the company phones of government employees. TikTok is simply a no-go at this level. The US Office of The Committee on House Administration (COA) just dryly notified its employees that they are prohibited from installing this social network on company phones for security reasons.

Soon, US schools took the same step, deciding to put the app on the blacklist of public Wi-Fi networks that students use heavily. Needless to say, the backlash was not long in coming. Students began to riot en masse, seeing it as a major restriction on access to information.

The case is escalating. What will Apple and Google do?

The whole, already tense situation on multiple fronts, has not been helped by the recent news that ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, has admitted under the weight of circumstances to spying on some journalists. And that’s not all. PhoneArena is reporting on another escalation. The site reports that based on the findings so far, Michael Bennet, a senator for the state of Colorado, has written a scathing letter directly to Apple and Google.

In it, he appeals to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet (Google) to ban the service from their app stores. In response to the letter, which has been endorsed by 24 other US states, a TikTok spokesperson said that this is an overly subjective and expedient assessment that, moreover, deliberately ignores the latest implementation of measures that guarantee maximum transparency in terms of security and user protection.

TikTok is “bulletproof”

He further stressed that the data is not compromised in any way and recalled that the platform is amenable to having important operations overseen by the US government. Finally, we will just add that both Apple and Google have not yet commented on the whole situation.

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