"TikTok is a Chinese company that currently is mandated to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in a statement. The Belgian ban is based on a risk analysis by the country’s intelligence services and recommendations by the national cybersecurity center.

    • @jumanjimanju@lemmy.ml
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      Feels like this comment chain shouldnt have turned into China vs US…
      I dont think its controversial to think that governement officials shouldnt have any form of social media on their government issued phones. Its insane that governements have worse digital practices than a lot of mid size businesses

      • @ailiphiliaOP
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        dont think its controversial to think that governement officials shouldnt have any form of social media on their government issued phones. Its insane that governements have worse digital practices than a lot of mid size businesses

        Yes. And what makes this thread even more weird is the fact that Tiktok is not even available in China. ByteDance offers a similar service, Douyin, that looks and works just like it, but the Western version is unavailable, and not just for government officials but the entire population.

        Furthermore, a lot of other social media is blocked in China not just for officials but for the entire population, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and many others. Not that I think these apps are needed, I just don’t understand the critics for blocking Tiktok here.

      • Muad'Dibber
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        101 year ago

        Good, why would you want US tech giants operating in your country, hoovering up data on all your citizens? Which they got caught doing by the way:

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          Good thing China would never think to do that to its own citizens and worldwide.

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            That’s the line the US is selling, that China and Chinese companies like Huawei are “spying on the world”. As usual it’s the US projecting their own strategies and nefarious behavior on their enemies.

            The US’s prism program, the crypto AG revelations, hell the US spying on Angela Merkle’s phone all got revealed more than a decade ago. The US in its imperial arrogance, doesn’t hesitate even to spy on its allies.

            Do you have any proof China is doing the same?

          • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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            51 year ago

            Got any shred of evidence that Huawei ever spied on people?

            USA is undefeated since 1970s when CIA global surveillance programs started ramping up. And the global Skynet is 5/9/14 Eyes plus Israel and Japan.

            I guess westerners eternally rely on a circular logic loop of projection-based trolling on international level, since that is their only talent. They and their countries are rotten useless mess destined to be like this forever, like hopeless daydreaming romantic hippies smoking weed on streets.

          • ☆ Yσɠƚԋσʂ ☆
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            51 year ago

            Difference is that US is a despotic regime that’s a blight upon humanity and a planet as a whole.

            • @pingveno@lemmy.ml
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              -41 year ago

              Meanwhile China dumps fill on coral reefs in an attempt to take over the territorial waters of other countries, then makes pitiful cries when the US sails right through their false claims. China would match the US sin for sin throughout the modern era if it had the capability.

              • ☆ Yσɠƚԋσʂ ☆
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                61 year ago

                China hasn’t been at war since the 70s, and it’s not due to lack of capacity. Your despotic regime has been invading countries for its entire existence. I can’t wait until you all finally turn on each other and leave the rest of the world alone.

              • @CountryBreakfast@lemmygrad.ml
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                41 year ago

                territorial waters

                These are contested waters. Basically every single country makes huge claims to the SCS. It’s hardly just China. These islands would hardly be important if not for the fucking US 5th fleet.

                Meanwhile the US is threatening its “allies” and neighbors. It destroys economies by flooding subsidied commodities into markets. The fucking Colorado River doesn’t even reach Mexico anymore. It destroyed a million farmers lives in Mexico and then litterally murderers them, rapes them, isolates them, kidnaps them, imprisons them, enslaves them when they try to migrate accross the border.

                It murders its citizens. It let half of Black wealth get destroyed while bailing out bankers. It let COVID kill over a million people and sent the Seattle Indian Health Board fucking BODY BAGS when they asked for PPE.

                It weaponizes disease. It weaponizes food. It weaponizes climate change. It weaponizes finance. It weaponizes oil. It weaponizes information. It weaponizes organised crime. It prevents land reforms around the world. It prevents social programs. It prevents measures to protect sovereignty. It prevents peace and enables war. It baits nations into war. It assualts peasants. It assualts Indigenous peoples. It assualts women. It assualts workers. It assualts its own allies.

                The US literally does nothing good for the world.

                Meanwhile China is calling for peace in Ukraine and is rising millions out of poverty. The only thing China is guilty of is successfully developing despite the extreme weight of the imperialist system while being Chinese.

              • @m532@lemmy.ml
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                41 year ago

                Why are usa ships near china. Yankees always invade invade invade. Thousands of kilometers away from their coast. Those rogue ships should be treated like the pirate ships they are.

                • @pingveno@lemmy.ml
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                  01 year ago

                  Why are usa ships near china.

                  What are you talking about? These are hundreds of miles from China’s shores.

  • @KnightOfOldEmpire@lemmy.ml
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    It blows my mind that TikTok is being banned, while if memory serves, not so long ago high EU officials accidentally leaked their login passwords over Zoom.

    • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.mlM
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      When will Czech and Denmark (puppets of USA) declare such warnings against Google, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Amazon and Microsoft? Spoiler: they will never dare to, because national security is basically excuse for curbing democratic freedoms of citizens they so love to honk and scream about.