Joe Biden’s campaign instructs employees to REMOVE TikTok from their phones due to security and privacy issues regarding the Chinese video sharing application
- The campaign’s top lawyer sent notes to employees to remove TikTok on Monday
- He referred to security and privacy issues regarding the service owned by the Chinese
- TikTok faces regulatory challenges around the world and a possible US ban
- Biden also banned staff from trading shares without approval
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign banned employees from using the Chinese video sharing app TikTok, citing security and privacy concerns.
In a report Monday, Biden’s general counsel Dana Remus ordered employees to remove TikTok from both their personal and work phones, and “refrain from downloading and using TikTok,” according to Bloomberg.
The memorandum also prohibits employees from trading in individual shares without the approval of the campaign’s general adviser, an unusual move for the presidential campaign.
TikTok faces regulatory challenges around the world, and a potential US government ban on Beijing’s suspicions could force its Chinese owner to pass on user data.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign bans employees from using China’s TikTok video sharing program, citing security and privacy concerns
The Senate currently plans to vote on a bill banning the use of TikTok on all government-issued devices.
Senator Josh Hawley, Missouri, was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Committee.
Companies, including Wells Fargo, and government agencies, including the Transportation Safety Authority, have already instructed their employees to remove TikTok from their work phones.
TikTok’s widespread popularity among American teens has brought close scrutiny by US regulators and lawmakers, who fear their personal information could fall into the hands of Beijing government officials.
TikTok, originally used to create short videos about dancing, lip sync, comedy and talent, last year was about 60 percent of its 26.5 million active users each month between the ages of 16 and 24.
According to Chinese legislation adopted in 2017, companies are required to support and cooperate in the work of the country’s national intelligence.
TikTok faces regulatory challenges around the world, and a potential US government ban over Beijing’s suspicions could force its Chinese owner to pass on user data
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to ban federal workers from downloading the app on government-issued devices as part of a $ 741 billion defense policy bill.
Lawmakers voted 336-71 to accept a proposal proposed by the reputation of Ken Buck, a Colorado Republican.
With the transition to the Democratic-controlled House and the approval of the Republican-led Senate Committee, the ban may soon become law in the United States.
Senior officials in the Trump administration have also said they are considering a broader ban on TikTok and other Chinese-related programs, and this may be inevitable.
For example, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently said that Americans should be careful when using the program.
TikTok spokesman Jamie Favatza said the growing US team has no higher priority than promoting the safe use of a program that protects users’ privacy.
“Millions of American families use TikTok for entertainment and creative expression. We recognize that this is not what the federal government intended,” she said.