India set an ‘incredibly important precedent’ by banning TikTok, FCC Commissioner says
India has set an “incredibly important precedent”. Two and a half year ago, TikTok was bannedFCC Commissioner stated that he expected a similar fate for Bytedance, the Chinese giant app in the U.S.
Brendan Carr, the Commissioner of the FCC, stated that TikTok is “a sophisticated surveillance tool” and that banning the app is “a natural next step in our efforts secure communication networks.”
The Federal Communications Commission’s senior Republican member said that he was concerned that China could use sensitive, non-public data gleaned via TikTok for “blackmailing, espionage campaigns, and surveillance.”
He stated that India’s example should be followed more widely to eliminate other nefarious applications.
Carr’s comments further highlight the growing concern among U.S. lawmakers and states about TikTok, which now has over 100 million users across the country.
India has Hundreds of apps were banned, TikTok Mobile, PUBG Mobile and Battlegrounds Mobile India, as well as UC Browser, which has been affiliated to China for the past two years, amid skirmishes near the border of the two neighbouring countries.
New Delhi claimed that the apps were a threat to the “national security of India and its defence, which ultimately impinges on the sovereignty and integrity” of India.
TikTok had more than 200 million monthly active users from India and regarded South Asia as its largest international market before the ban.
Carr stated, “India’s strong leadership was informative and helpful as the US debated banning TikTok.” The Indian paper was informed (paywalled). “India is an example country that has successfully banned apps for those who believe there is no way to ban them.
The U.S. House Last week, the House banned TikTok from all House-managed devicesIt was citing a “high-risk due to a number security issues.” This move came after nearly two dozen states blocked the app from state-managed devices, over concerns that China could track Americans and censor content.
He stated that he did not see any other way forward if he looked at the history of TikTok’s malign data flows, and its misleading representations.
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