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BBC Asked Staff to Delete TikTok

Well-known Chinese news site NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES) recently reported that the BBC urged staff to delete TikTok from company phones, becoming the latest international media outlet to ban the Chinese social media app. The BBC distributed a staff guide saying, “We advise against installing TikTok on BBC equipment unless there is a legitimate business reason. If you don’t need TikTok for business reasons, you should remove TikTok.” Earlier, the UK government banned TikTok on government-issued phones because the app is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. The BBC, which is funded by the British government, explained that the decision was based on concerns raised by government authorities worldwide regarding data privacy and security. For staff who have TikTok installed on their personal phones but also use those devices for work reasons, the BBC asked them to contact the media’s information security team to discuss “the type of BBC information you are dealing with.” A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC takes the safety and security of our systems, data and people incredibly seriously. We constantly review activity on third-party platforms – including TikTok – and will continue to do so.” The BBC is the latest media outlet to issue a ban on TikTok. On March 9, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) advised employees not to use TikTok on their work phones.

Source: NetEase, March 20, 2023