The Ministry of Digital Development stated that Douyin or TikTok (international version) is a product that endangers national information security, and has restricted the use of public sector information equipment and their fields.

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[Reporter Xu Ziling/Taipei Report] The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently warned that TikTok, the world's most popular short video software, is controlled by the Chinese government, which may have national security concerns.

Several Ministry of Development officials revealed today that Douyin or TikTok (international version) is a product that endangers national information and communication security, and has restricted the use of public sector information and communication equipment and their fields.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suggested that the United States completely ban Douyin, and Taiwan also raised a wave of whether to ban Douyin. The Mainland Affairs Council stated last month that the government has not opened up Chinese capital to operate online platforms in Taiwan, and Douyin has not. Establishing a branch or office in Taiwan is prohibited by law from operating related businesses in Taiwan.

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However, although TikTok, the parent company of Douyin, has not yet landed, Taiwan can still download and use TikTok.

Several Ministry officials said today that the ban on Douyin is divided into two levels: the public sector and the private sector. In the public sector, Douyin or TikTok (international version) is a product that endangers national information security, and has restricted public sector information equipment and their sites. domain use.

That is to say, the mobile phones, tablets and computers provided by the public sector cannot download and use Douyin or TikTok.

As for whether operators should be further restricted from providing public download and use, the official said that because it involves the evaluation of influencing factors such as legality and feasibility, the Ministry of Digital Affairs and relevant ministries will further collect references and study similar practices in other countries.

In fact, the short video and video platforms under ByteDance are divided into "TikTok" and "TikTok". In China, Douyin is used, while Tik Tok is the "TikTok International Version", and TikTok is used in Taiwan.

Although the functions of the two are similar, TikTok mainly has overseas users and its content is more international.