“There is no evidence that this is a necessary step.” At an event on August 4 thin local time, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Morrison said there was no evidence that The TikTok short video app should be restricted in Australia. Earlier, Australian media sources said Mr Morrison had instructed intelligence agencies to investigate whether TikTok posed a security threat to the country and that the federal and Home Office were investigating.
On Thursday, Morrison participated in the Aspen Security Forum by video link, Reuters reported. “Obviously we will continue to look at them, but there is no evidence that this is a necessary step,” he said. Morrison also joked: “There’s a lot of content on TikTok, it’s embarrassing enough in public.” “
Reuters noted that Mr Morrison had said last month that his government was concerned about TikTok, which is under US scrutiny. U.S. officials say TikTok poses a security risk to the U.S. because of its handling of personal data. “There is no evidence at this point that the security interests or the interests of Australian citizens are being compromised,” Mr Morrison said on Thursday.
In recent days, U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to block TikTok, saying it will close its U.S. operations by September 15 unless an agreement is reached to sell its U.S. operations. Microsoft is currently in talks with TikTok about a takeover.
Europe has opted to boycott the TikTok ban in the face of a US crackdown on Chinese technology companies. According to Bloomberg, a spokesman for the British and French governments said the two countries had no plans to ban TikTok at home. In addition, a German government official said that Germany has not found any signs of security risks posed by the app, or plans to disable it.
In response to Mr. Trump’s threat to sell TikTok, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press briefing on August 4 that the U.S. must not open Pandora’s box or else it will be self-inflicted. Wang Wenbin said that for some time, the U.S. side in the absence of any evidence, generalized the concept of national security, abuse of national power, unreasonable crackdown on specific non-U.S. enterprises. This is contrary to the principles of market economy, as well as the WTO’s principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination, and is a blatant act of bullying, which China firmly opposes.