TikTok has come underneath scrutiny in Australia, because the Chinese language-owned social media platform is being investigated for any dangers it could pose to customers from potential overseas interference and knowledge privateness points, authorities sources advised Reuters.
Owned by Bytedance, TikTok opened an workplace in Australia in current weeks. Places of work of each the Residence Affairs and Lawyer-Basic are discussing TikTok’s operations, the sources mentioned.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned his authorities was “having a superb look” at TikTok, which has additionally fallen underneath US scrutiny for “nationwide safety dangers”.
“If we contemplate there’s a have to take additional motion than we’re taking now, then I can inform you we can’t be shy about it,” Morrison advised Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday.
Individually, Labor Senator Jenny McAllister, the chairwoman of a parliamentary inquiry into overseas interference via social media, has recognized TikTok as needing additional scrutiny, noting 1.6 million younger Australians used the app.
“A few of these approaches to moderating content material is perhaps inconsistent with Australian values,” she advised ABC radio.
“For instance, eradicating materials about Tiananmen Sq., or deprioritising materials about Hong Kong protests,” she added, referring to pupil protests in Beijing in 1989 and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong over the previous 12 months.
Two of the three administrators of the brand new Australian TikTok operation are senior executives of Chinese language father or mother firm ByteDance, firm information seen by Reuters present.
TikTok Australia normal supervisor Lee Hunter, who was recruited from Google in June, has written to Australian politicians saying TikTok was “getting used as a political soccer”.
It was “important you perceive that we’re unbiased and never aligned with any authorities, political get together or ideology”, the letter mentioned, including TikTok Australia’s knowledge was saved securely in Singapore and america.
Final week, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared with an impersonator in a video posted on the extremely widespread social media app.
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