Why Taiwan declared TikTok national security threat: Details inside

The use of TikTok is already prohibited in Taiwanese government buildings and offices.

Bhaskar Chakravorty
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According to reports in Taiwan, TikTok, a social media site owned by a Chinese corporation, has been deemed a severe national security concern by Taiwan's Minister of Digital Affairs, Audrey Tang. Tang underscored that TikTok's affiliation with foreign foes is consistent with the US viewpoint, which regards the platform as possibly dangerous to national security.

During a recent legislative meeting, Tang declared that Taiwan designated TikTok as a harmful product, while she clarified that any product that is directly or indirectly subject to adversary control by foreigners might be a threat to the security of communication and information of the nation.

A similar notion to that of the US?

The move in Taiwan follows a similar trend in the United States. The US House of Representatives recently passed a bill targeting ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, giving it a timeline to divest its US assets or face a nationwide ban. This legislation mirrors Taiwan's concerns about foreign influence over digital platforms.

Minister of Digital Affairs takes a jibe at the situation 

Tang said that the Cyber Security Management Act has been amended by Taiwan's Ministry of Digital Affairs (MODA), reflecting concerns expressed in the U.S. House bill about indirect foreign influence. Taiwan's dedication to protecting its digital infrastructure from outside intrusion is reflected in this amendment.

TikTok is not seeing any light in Taiwan, it seems! 

The use of TikTok is already prohibited in Taiwanese government buildings and offices. Nevertheless, Tang suggested that subject to the Cabinet's approval, this prohibition might be expanded to include public areas, non-governmental organizations, and schools. She underlined that making such a choice would require a thorough analysis that takes into account the practical viability and legal procedures.

More on the incident 

The digital ministry also said that it was keeping a close eye on the TikTok bill's advancement in the US Congress, demonstrating its great interest in global trends influencing laws about digital security. Any information and communication system or service that has the potential to interfere with the functioning of the government or the stability of society is considered to be a product jeopardizing national information and communication security, as per the regulations that were put in place in 2019 and then updated in 2022.