Urgent warning to delete TikTok from your phone NOW for fear of “hostile” Chinese threats
CHINA is using TikTok to spy on us and Brits should delete the app now, a Tory MP has warned.
Alicia Kearns said millions of people are “naive” about the popular social media video app, which could send details back to China.
She told Sky she had seen evidence that people working in China for the social media firm had allegedly hacked into European data and tracked down journalist sources.
And the Chinese-owned app gives the rogue nation information about us that might be useful — including interests, regular locations, or friendships.
The Foreign Affairs Committee chairman urged Brits to “without question” delete the app or put themselves at risk too.
She told Sky’s Sophie Ridge: “Stop it, don’t be naive,” insisting she didn’t have it on her own phone either.
She added: “It’s not worth having this vulnerability on your phone and it’s the ultimate source of data for anyone engaging in hostile efforts.
“The fact is, not only am I saying I’m concerned, delete it, we have evidence that Tik Tok was used to track sources for journalists.
“Everyone should care about that.
“China is building a totalitarian tech state based on our data, so we need to take our protection much more seriously.
“There’s a reason China has this app, there’s a reason they’re buying up gay dating apps – our data is a key vulnerability.”
It comes after the US shot down a Chinese spy balloon over America yesterday.
The surveillance plane was dramatically shot down by two F-22 fighter jets off Myrtle Beach, South Carolina yesterday afternoon.
Crowds were seen cheering after the balloon crashed into the ocean, where its wreckage was collected by divers and other military personnel.
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And Business Secretary Grant Shapps said Britain would have done the same if it had happened here.
He said this morning: “We fully support the US and the actions they are taking.
“It cannot be right to let spy balloons hover over the mainland United States and Britain would always take its national security very seriously.”
TikTok has been contacted for comment.
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