Nathan Cleary’s Tik Tok App Banned As Government Takes Action To Stop Chinese Spying
As the Australian Government cranks up their investment in a new generation of cyber spy’s in an effort to stop the Chinese from hacking and spying on Australian businesses Tik Tok and We Chat, and 49 other Chinese apps have been banned.
Overnight the Indian Government has moved to block 59 apps, including popular social platforms such as TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat, in the latest economic fallout from a deadly border clash with the Chinese military that saw 20 Indian soldiers killed.
Alibaba Group Holding’s UC Browser, fashion vendor Shein and Baidu maps are also among the Chinese-developed apps set to be banned.
In Australia, the Federal Government has set aside $1.35 Billion to hire 500 cyber spies in an effort to protect the nation’s sensitive computer networks and data from an unrelenting wave of cyber-attacks which China is suspected of orchestrating.
Consumers have also moved to stop buying products owned by Chinese brands including brands that don’t sound Chinese but are 100% owned by Chinese Companies with direct links to the Chinese Military or the Communist Chinese Government.
Chinese brands include Toshiba Appliances which is owned by Midea, Fisher & Paykel, which is owned by Haier, ASKO which is owned by Hisense. Also facing significant sales slumps are Chinese smartphone brands Huawei, Oppo, Realme, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE who supply Telstra with house brand phoners.
The move by the Australian and Indian Governments against China following weeks of escalating tension following bans placed on Australian goods.
In a statement the Indian Government said the banned apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
India’s Ministry of Information Technology said it was banning the 59 Chinese apps after receiving “many complaints from various sources” about apps that were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner”.
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the ministry said.
TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is headquartered in Beijing and the app first became popular in the Chinese market before spreading worldwide.
Recently Nathan Cleary from the NRL side The Panthers, found his TikTok antics have put his spot in the NSW side “in jeopardy” as the fallout from a TikTok dance saw him banned.
Police fined Cleary $1000 for breaching social distancing protocols on Anzac Day.
As it has grown in popularity in Australia, it has faced accusations of links to the Chinese state, and of sending user data into China.
Many of its strongest critics are in the United States, including some US senators who have called for an investigation into the company.
At this stage it’s not known whether the apps will be banned in Australia.