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The US’ FCC applauds India for banning TikTok and other Chinese apps and for setting a significant precedent in doing so

Brendan Carr, commissioner of the FCC or Federal Communications Commission of the United States, has stated that the United States should take a same approach to dealing with the Chinese internet firm Bytedance as was used by India two and a half years ago when it banned TikTok.

Carr cautioned the Economic Times that TikTok is a “highly sophisticated monitoring tool,” and that banning the social app is the “logical next step” in the United States’ efforts to safeguard its own communication networks.

The ranking Republican on the Federal Communications Commission has voiced worry that China may exploit TikTok data for “surveillance, blackmail, espionage, and foreign influence campaigns.” There is already evidence to suggest that the Chinese have attempted to meddle in American elections in the past.

Carr’s comments add to the rising momentum of UD states and legislators who are wary about TikTok, which has garnered over 100 million users.

We have learned a lot from India’s strong leadership as we have discussed whether or not to ban TikTok in the United States. Carr said that people who claim it is impossible to ban an app should look to India as proof that it is possible to do so.

TikTok, PUBG Mobile, Battlegrounds Mobile India, and UC Browser are just a few of the Chinese-affiliated applications that India has banned in the past two years as border tensions have risen and China has attempted to create bases inside of India.

The Indian government claimed it banned the applications because they threatened the country’s “national security and defence,” which “ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India.”

Owing to “high risk due to a multitude of security vulnerabilities,” the US House of Representatives banned TikTok last week on all House-managed devices. In response to concerns that China may use the app to monitor Americans and restrict information, a number of state governments have already blocked the app from state-managed devices.