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TikTok Faces Possible US Ban and Restrictions in Other Regions

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) continues deliberations on TikTok's future amid concerns over its Chinese ownership. Meanwhile, countries like Senegal and Australia have imposed new restrictions on the app.

US Authorities Weigh TikTok Ban Amid Global Concerns

As the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) deliberates on TikTok's future amid concerns over its Chinese ownership, other countries are moving to implement restrictions on the app.

The potential US ban on TikTok, which at one point seemed inevitable, has quietened down in recent months. However, this week saw Senegalese authorities blocking TikTok due to concerns that it is fueling political dissent and destabilizing the country.

In Australia, concerns center on the app's Chinese links. Australian senators have proposed new legislation requiring foreign-owned apps to set up a 'local outpost' to ensure enforceability of national laws. This proposal could alleviate concerns about data security and foreign interference.

TikTok has proposed a similar approach in the US, suggesting storing and managing US user data locally. The company doesn't entirely agree with the Australian proposal but is relieved that a full ban is not being pursued.

The European Parliament is also advocating for a TikTok ban for government staff, while the US Senate is contemplating alternative strategies for addressing national security concerns posed by foreign-linked apps. However, a definitive decision on TikTok's fate in the US seems to be delayed until a significant incident forces a decision.

Despite this debate, TikTok remains available in the US, even as it continues to provoke concern in other regions.