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the BBC asks its employees to delete the app from their phones

After the European Commission, it’s the BBC’s turn to take action against TikTok. The British audiovisual giant encourages its employees not to install the application on their work phone, unless absolutely necessary (for work in particular).

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Definitely, TikTok has not been in the odor of holiness lately. As the threat of banishment grows in the United States, it’s the turn of the BBCa key figure in the British audiovisual sector, to take action against the Chinese social network.

As reported by our colleagues from Worldthe management of the chain sent an email to all its employees, in which it invites them not to “install TikTok on a BBC corporate device, unless there is a justified business reason”.

The BBC in turn takes action against TikTok

The BBC insists on this last point, specifying that it is imperative to “delete TikTok” if the employees do not need it in the course of their work. This injunction from the BCC comes as the UK government banned TikTok last week on the devices of its representatives.

It should also be remembered that the European Commission has taken similar measures, banning the application from its members’ smartphones. In France, the Senate has just opened an investigation into the TikTok algorithm. Fears about possible espionage practices on the app are still at the center of concern.

The BBC takes the security of its systems, data and staff very seriously. We are constantly reviewing activity on third-party platforms – including TikTok – and will continue to do so. We would also like to clarify that the use of TikTok on BBC devices is still permitted for editorial and marketing purposes.” writes the group.

The noose is gradually closing on TikTok

Last November, the app dug its grave a little deeper by confirming that personal data was being sent to its employees in China. Worse still, TikTok admits a month later that some employees have illegally used data to track down American journalists.

At the time of this writing, the Dutch, Norwegian, American, British and Canadian governments have taken the decision to ban TikTok from their professional devices. Waiting for, the app keeps denying all control or the Chinese government’s right to inspect its users’ data.

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