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Why is TikTok in the hot seat? Understanding Kindiki’s pronouncements

Chinese social networking service TikTok's logo on a smartphone screen. 

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What you need to know:

  • The proposal by Kindiki while surprising to many reflects a global debate on Tiktok’s data security.
  • Most governments have been apprehensive about the use of TikTok by public officials.
  • Some experts view TikTok as a potential tool for influence campaigns or espionage.