Sweden is the latest country to take a stand against the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok.
Due to security concerns, Sweden’s military has banned staff members from using TikTok on work devices.
AFP reported that the Scandinavian country’s armed forces said the assessment was based on “the reporting that has emerged through open sources regarding how the app handles user information and the actions of the owner company ByteDance”.
Guna Graufledt, press secretary at the Swedish armed forces said that “using mobile phones and tablets can in itself be a security risk so therefore we don’t want TikTok on our work equipment”.
Governments in France, Norway, Britain, the Netherlands, Canada, Net Zealand and the United States have all banned their employees from using the app on their work phones.
The European Commission has made the same decision.
Although ByteDance has previously insisted that the Chinese government doesn’t have control over or access to its data, it has acknowledged that some employees used users’ data to spy on journalists.
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