The US is not the only country concerned that TikTok originated in China. Fears about the app, which is owned by ByteDance, quickly spread around the world. In just a few months, more than 5 countries have implemented full or partial bans on TikTok on government devices, pushing the popular app to completely cut ties with its parent company in China.
A series of new bans began in December when Taiwan, ever on alert of China’s intentions, banned civil servants from using the application on official devices. That same month, the US House of Representatives banned TikTok from devices used by its members and staff.
Government bans on TikTok started popping up across Europe this year: The European Commission, the executive branch of the 27-nation European Union, blocked about 32,000 of its employees from using TikTok . The UK initially said it would leave the choice up to the people, but then changed its mind and also banned TikTok.