Palace clarifies issue on 'banning' famous app TikTok in the Philippines

Palace clarifies issue on 'banning' famous app TikTok in the Philippines

- The Palace commented on the possible ban of TikTok in the Philippines

- Recently, reports claimed that TikTok could pose a possible security threat as it is owned by a Chinese company

- However, the Palace explained that there is no reason to ban the famous video app in the country

- Earlier, India announced that it banned TikTok and other Chinese mobile apps due to “security” issues

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The Palace has commented over the possibility that famous video app TikTok will be banned in the Philippines.

KAMI learned that the Palace sees no reason to ban TikTok in the country.

Palace comments on a possible ban of famous app TikTok in the Philippines
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In a report by GMA News Online, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that President Rodrigo Duterte has never banned any website in the country.

"Wala pong dahilan na nakikita para i-ban ang TikTok dito sa Pilipinas," Roque said.

"Sa mga nagsasabi na nanunupil si Presidente ng karapatan ng malayang pananalita, wala pong kahit anong website na bina-ban ang Presidente,” he added.

Several foreign countries like the United States and India have expressed concerns in using TikTok due to privacy concerns.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to ban TikTok in the United States because of the potential threat that the app could collect personal data of Americans.

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TikTok is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance. It denied the allegations that the app is controlled by the Chinese government nor does it share information to their government.

About a month ago, India decided to ban TikTok and other Chinese mobile apps due to “security” issues that could pose a potential threat.

Indeed, TikTok is famous in the Philippines. Even government officials and celebrities have their own TikTok accounts where they share their funny and dance videos. Among the popular dance challenge in TikTok is the “Binibining Marikit Challenge” that the Filipinos really love doing.

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