The British Broadcasting Corporation, aka the BBC, with more than 20,000 employees, asked them not to use the TikTok app on corporate gadgets, unless it is somehow justified for official purposes. In particular, it is still possible to use the social network owned by the Chinese ByteDance to distribute media content among the audience.
The changes at the BBC come amid a ban on TikTok on UK government-owned gadgets, introduced last week. According to the contents of an internal email leaked on Twitter, the corporation announced that it had conducted its own investigation into the security of TikTok and had come to the decision not to recommend installing the application on corporate devices without a “justified business reason.”
In other words, some employees are allowed to use the social network, for example, to promote content, since the platform is extremely popular among children and young people. However, as in the case of officials, there are no restrictions on the use of the service on personal devices.
The BBC made this decision due to the threat to the privacy and security of data collected by TikTok and possibly available to the Chinese authorities. However, TikTok itself rejects such suspicions and considers the repressions against the company to be politically motivated. TikTok has welcomed the fact that the BBC will still be using the platform for publishing and marketing.
TikTok expressed its willingness to work with the BBC and foreign governments to resolve contentious issues. The service recently announced a data security plan called Project Clover. It will create a “secure space” for storing data of European users, including residents of the UK, whose data will be stored in Europe.
According to some reports, the refusal to use TikTok on office devices is being considered by many companies that have high requirements for information security. They are already conducting their own tests and are considering at least limiting the use of the social network in the corporate segment.
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