“We have never and will never ask for information to be provided to us.”

“We have never and will never ask for information to be provided to us.”

China “has never and will never ask” companies or individuals to collect information or provide it to them in other countries in violation of local legislation, a spokeswoman for its Foreign Ministry said today in response to a possible veto of the social network TikTok in the United States.

Mao Ning, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, assured that the Chinese government “attaches great importance to the protection of security and data privacy under the law,” when asked at a press conference about the appearance of TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew before a U.S. congressional committee.

The spokeswoman, quoted by the Yicai news portal, assured that Washington presupposes TikTok’s guilt “despite the fact that. has not offered any proof“that the application threatens the national security of the United States.

According to the official press Global TimesMao also denounced today the possibility that TikTok will be banned in the U.S. as a “political persecution driven by xenophobia.”

Government cell phones will not be able to have the TikTok app installed in the US due to privacy concerns.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce protested the matter yesterday, assuring that Beijing would “firmly oppose” a veto of the app after, according to several U.S. media, Washington threatened Chinese technology company ByteDance, developer of the app, with ban the social network nationwide. if it does not sell its shares in the popular app.

A spokeswoman for the Commerce portfolio further assured that a sale of TikTok “would be a matter relating to the export of technology” that it should “follow administrative licensing procedures in accordance with Chinese laws.”

Some critics have accused ByteDance of having ties to the Chinese Communist Party, though. TikTok denies any such accusations. assuring that it does not censor content or give the Chinese government access to its data.

The White House recently gave U.S. federal agencies 30 days to remove the social network TikTok from all of the government electronic devices.

TikTok CEO Show Zi Chew.

The European Commission and the Council of the European Union also banned its employees from using TikTok. on official telephones for security reasons, a decision also criticized by Beijing.

Kayleigh Williams