March 28, 2023

The BBC Has Advised All Employees to "Delete TikTok" from Work Phones

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By Ophelia Garrett


In Brief:

Following multiple instances of China using TikTok to spy, the BBC has advised all employees to delete the social media platform TikTok from all phones used for work. 

The Background: 

Countries imposing bans include the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Belgium, while the same applies to anyone working at the European Commission. Now the BBC has requested all employees delete TikTok from work phones, citing Chinese spying as the concern.

Data harvesting via TikTok has become a growing concern worldwide as China unashamedly uses social media to spy on its own citizens as well as anyone else they can reach.

“We don’t recommend installing TikTok on a BBC corporate device unless there is a justified reason,” the BBC said in a Sunday memo sent out to its employees and obtained by Deadline.


Notable Quotes: 

"If the device is a BBC corporate device, and you do not need TikTok for business reasons, TikTok should be deleted from the BBC corporate mobile device." – BBC statement



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