China on Thursday urged the United States to stop "
" on the TikTok application, after a request by the American government to its Chinese parent company to part with it on pain of a ban on national security grounds.
has so far not provided evidence that TikTok threatens the national security of the United States
", reacted to the press a spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, Wang Wenbin, calling for "
stop unjustified attacks
" against the popular app.
The United States should stop spreading false information about data security issues, stop unwarranted attacks [against TikTok], and provide an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory business environment” for foreign companies, the door added
TikTok is accused by critics of giving Chinese authorities access to user data around the world, which the short-video app denies.
The White House has already banned officials of federal institutions from having the app on their smartphones, pursuant to a law ratified in early January.
The European Commission and the Canadian government recently made similar decisions for their civil servants' mobile phones.
According to the British agency PA Media, London is preparing to impose a ban on TikTok on government office devices.
TikTok stores US user data on servers located in the country.
The application admitted that employees based in China had access to it, but under a strict and limited framework, and not the Chinese government.