It seems that crises are constantly chasing the Chinese company, Tik Tok. On Wednesday, Montana Governor Greg Ganforte signed legislation banning Beijing’s short video-sharing app from operating in the state.
The legislation makes Montana the first state to ban the app and prevent mobile app stores from making it available within the state, according to Reuters.
On the other hand, there was no immediate comment from Tik Tok.
It is noteworthy that the application, owned by the Chinese technology company, ByteDance, is facing increasing calls from some US lawmakers to ban it across the country due to concerns about the possible influence of the Chinese government on the platform.
And on March 23, TikTok CEO Xu Zi Zhu faced a lengthy grilling from US lawmakers about the video-sharing app’s alleged ties to China and the danger it poses to teenagers.
Zhou said during the session that “ByteDance Company (which owns the application) is not affiliated with or controlled by the Chinese government and is a private company,” adding that “60% of the company is owned by international investment institutions. 20% is owned by its founder and 20% is owned by employees all over the world.” , according to AFP.
“clear transparent rules”
He also explained: “We believe what is required is clear, transparent rules that apply to all technology companies – ownership is not a basis for addressing these concerns.”
But he pointed out that some US data is still available to the company’s employees in China, saying: “Today, there is still some data that we need to delete.”
It is noteworthy that several countries, including America, Canada, Britain and New Zealand, had recently banned politicians from downloading and using the application on government agencies.