Canada PM Justin Trudeau jokes about Tiktok ban, sheds light on his 'personal side benefit'
OTTAWA, CANADA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a statement during a joint news conference with US President Joe Biden, saying, "Happy that my kids can't use it anymore." He supported the recent ban on the use of China-based social media app, TikTok, from government-issued devices as it meant his children could no longer access the platform.
Speaking at a joint news conference with President Joe Biden, Trundeau said, "Our concerns around TikTok are around security and access to information that the Chinese government could have to government phones. It's just a personal side benefit that my kids can't use TikTok anymore," as reported by Reuters.
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Tiktok ban in Canada and other countries
On February 27, Canada imposed a ban on TikTok from government-issued devices, saying it presents an "unacceptable" level of risk to privacy and security, adding to the growing rift with China. The action highlights the growing opposition to TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company, ByteDance Ltd. The ban came into effect due to worries of company's proximity to Beijing and its control over the global user data.
Not only Canada, but growing number of countries in North America, Europe and Asia have banned TikTok from government devices after an unprecedented increase in concers related to "privacy and cybersecurity." The list includes Denmark, India, New Zealand, Norway, Taiwan and Pakistan.
'I am obviously concerned with their privacy'
Trudeau, 51, has three children, two of whom are teenagers. He supported the ban imposed on TikTok citing the effects of the social media platform on his children and said, "I am obviously concerned with their privacy and their security, which is why I'm glad that on their phones that happened to be issued by the government, they can no longer access TikTok."