Ukrainian officials OK’d to use TikTok, despite global developments — deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Development of Education, Science and Technology — Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov (Photo:thedigital.gov.ua)
Ukraine has no plans to ban TikTok from officials' smartphones, Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, said in an interview with Liga.net published on April 3.
"There are no such talks now," the minister assured.
“We are closely monitoring what is happening in other countries. But there are no such talks and no concrete actions in this direction yet.”
TikTok has recently been in the spotlight in many countries. Czechia and the United Kingdom have banned the use of this social network on work phones used by officials.
In the United States, the White House is threatening to block TikTok if its Chinese owners do not sell their shares, while TikTok's management is negotiating the sale of the social network.
Should the social network's executives fail to reach an agreement with U.S. authorities, TikTok may separate from its parent company ByteDance, reports financial news outlet Bloomberg.
Many countries are concerned that TikTok could be used by the Chinese authorities to gather information and influence public opinion. Over the past three years, TikTok has tried to assure U.S. government departments and agencies that the personal data of U.S. citizens is not available to the Chinese Communist Party.
However, TikTok processes at least some data from its overseas operations via servers located in mainland China, raising concerns that this data can be sequestered by the CCP.
The company has attempted to assure U.S. lawmakers that the Communist Party or its subordinate agencies cannot manipulate this data, though skepticism against the company remains high in Congress.
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