Australian government sources told Reuters the government was scrutinizing the popular social media platform TikTok to see if the platform posed any risk to users in terms of data privacy or foreign government interference. A few weeks ago, TikTok opened an office in Australia. Both the Australian Department of the Interior and the Attorney-General’s Office are discussing TikTok’s operations in Australia, the sources said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government is “scrutinising” Tik Tok. Earlier, U.S. government executives had censored TikTok under the pretext of “national security risks” and threatened to ban it.
On TikTok’s operations in Australia, Mr Morrison told Melbourne television station 3AW on Friday: “If we think it’s necessary to do more than we do now, then I can tell you that we’re not going to shrink.” “
Separately, Australian Labor senator Jenny McAllister pointed out that given the use of TikTok by 1.6 million young Australians, further scrutiny of TikTok was needed. She is the chair of the Australian Parliament’s inquiry into the existence of foreign interference on social media.
Mr McAllister told the ABC that the TikTok platform “manages content in some way that may not be consistent with Australian values.” “The way she manages content is to refer to The removal of some content on the platform by TikTok.
Two of the three directors of TikTok’s Australian operations are executives of Byte Dance, the Chinese parent company, according to Reuters.
Lee Hunter, general manager of TikTok’s Australian operations, wrote to Australian politicians saying TikTok had “become a political football”.
“The point is that you know we are independent and not affiliated with any government, political party or ideology,” the letter said, and that the user data involved in TikTok’s Australian business is securely stored in Singapore and the United States.