The European Commission forbids its employees from owning or using TikTok, a social media platform run by the Chinese firm Bytedance, due to potential cyber security risks.
The New York Times cited EU spokesman Sonya Gospodinova as saying, “The measure intends to defend the commission from cybersecurity risks and acts, which may be exploited for cyberattacks.”
According to an email addressed to EU staff that The Times was able to receive, the Chinese app would no longer be permitted on official devices or any personal devices that include work-related data and applications beginning on March 15.
The restriction, according to the commission, is simply a temporary solution to address growing concerns about cyber security dangers, especially in light of the spreading rumors that Chinese authorities may be snooping on TikTok members’ actions.
Yet, TikTok has refuted claims that it provides the Chinese government with access to user data.
TikTok responded to the ban by saying, “We believe this suspension is incorrect and based on fundamental misunderstandings.