TikTok Under Scrutiny in Australia Over Security, Data Concerns
PM Scott Morrison said his government was ‘having a good look’ at the social media platform
TikTok has come underneath scrutiny in Australia because the Chinese-owned social media platform investigates for any dangers it could pose to customers from potential international interference and knowledge privateness points, authorities sources informed Reuters.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was “having a good look” at TikTok, which has also fallen under US scrutiny for “national security risks”.
“If we consider there is a need to take further action than we are taking now, then I can tell you we won’t be shy about it,” Morrison told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday.
‘Inconsistent with Australian values’: senator
Separately, Labor Senator Jenny McAllister, the chairwoman of a parliamentary inquiry into foreign interference through social media has identified TikTok as needing scrutiny. Noting 1.6 million young Australians using the app.
“Some of these approaches to moderating content might be inconsistent with Australian values,” she informed ABC radio.
“For example, removing material about Tiananmen Square, or deprioritizing material about Hong Kong protests”. She added, referring to scholar 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 father or mother firm Byte Dance, firm data seen by Reuters present.
TikTok Australia general manager Lee Hunter, who recruited from Google in June. Has written to Australian politicians saying TikTok was “being used as a political football”.
It was “critical you understand that we are independent and not aligned with any government, political party or ideology”. The letter stated including TikTok Australia’s knowledge saved securely in Singapore and the United States.