The UK government recently announced a ban on using the TikTok application on government devices. UK authorities stated that the TikTok ban is a preventive measure, rather than a result of known data espionage. It also emphasized that while TikTok is now banned on government devices, the ban has not been extended to personal devices of government employees, ministers, or the public.
Chinese Embassy in UK Responds to UK Ban
According to People’s Daily Online, on March 16th, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the UK answered a reporter’s question about the UK government’s announcement of the ban on using TikTok on government mobile devices.
Reporter: The UK government has announced a ban on using TikTok on government mobile devices. What is the comment from the Chinese Embassy in the UK?
Embassy spokesperson: The UK’s decision is based on political purposes rather than facts, interfering with the normal operations of relevant enterprises in the UK, damaging the confidence of the international community in the UK’s business environment, and ultimately harming the UK’s own interests.
We urge the UK to respect objective facts, follow market economy rules and principles of fair competition, not generalize or abuse the concept of national security, and provide a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory business environment for companies from all countries.