TikTok's not for sale

ByteDance has 9 months to divest Tik Tok in America or it will be blocked.
03 May 2024
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TikTok is set to legally challenge a newly-signed US law that might force its Chinese owner, ByteDance, to sell or risk the app being blocked in America within nine months.

This legislation was proposed over data sharing concerns with the Chinese government, a claim TikTok disputes.

CEO Shou Zi Chew insists they will continue fighting for user rights, highlighting both the factual and constitutional support they possess.
This development potentially faces numerous obstacles, including a precedent where a judge blocked an attempted TikTok ban in Montana.

Oxford Professor, Andrew Przybylski, adds that the issue may also concern freedom of speech, expression and children's rights.
The legal battle between TikTok and the US government highlights the ongoing tension surrounding data privacy and national security concerns with Chinese-owned tech companies.

This issue is not unique to TikTok, as other Chinese tech giants like Huawei have also faced similar challenges in accessing foreign markets due to these concerns.

In addition to data privacy concerns, the use of AI technology by Chinese-owned companies has also sparked discussions about the ethical implications of AI and its potential impact on society.

- CyberBeat


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