The proposal was presented by the Representative Ivaro Carter (UDI), who seeks to replicate what has been done by countries such as the United States of America and Canada.
Vice President Ivaro Carter (UDI) presented a bill to restrict the use of the social network TikTok to all public officials who are involved in the administration of the state, except for law, assembly, security and the armed forces.
According to the parliamentarian, the initiative does not seek to stop the personal use of the TikTok application, but only the use of the phone provided by the Government, as has been done in the United States and Canada.
“It is a world mission that must call our attention, the intelligence of the United States and some European Union nations have raised concerns about the gaps that are generated from the use of TikTok, because unlike other platforms, it meets the Chinese government,” Carter said when announcing the legislative proposal.
On the other hand, Carter added that “Chile does not have a plan of national intelligence that allows to anticipate the threats of the 11th century and in this mission it is necessary to put in this type of restrictions for those who belong to the official state of the administration of law, both executive, legislative and judicial, and especially need and arms.
Who controls the TikTok app?
TikTok belongs to the Chinese technology giant ByteDance. For this reason, Western countries have expressed their concern that the company is sharing the data of its users with the Chinese government, thus violating their privacy and increasing suspicions.
According to data from the company ByteDance, in January 2023 TikTok had a potential shot of 1,051 million users globally and its ads reached 13.1% of the world’s population.
Countries that have banned TikTok
Among the countries that have banned the use of TikTok for the aforementioned reasons are: Belgium, Canada, the United States, Denmark, India, Norway, New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Britain, Taiwan and the European Union.
In the midst of it, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew faced questions from lawmakers on Thursday.
“It’s an app where people can be creative. There are close to five million American businesses, most of them small, that use it to increase their customers and growth,” said the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce official.
“ByteDance is not owned or controlled by the Chinese government. It is a private company. I have no knowledge of the Chinese executive having access to the notice. They never asked us,” he said.