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Trudeau says Canada watching TikTok debate in U.S.

Review ongoing feds reveal in the wake of US action toward a ban on Chinese social media giant

The federal Liberals ordered a national security review of popular video app TikTok in September 2023 but did not disclose it publicly.

SA国际影视传媒淭his is still an ongoing case. We canSA国际影视传媒檛 comment further because of the confidentiality provisions of the Investment Canada Act,SA国际影视传媒 a spokesperson for Industry Minister Fran莽ois-Philippe Champagne said.

SA国际影视传媒淥ur government has never hesitated to (take) action, when necessary, if a case under review is found to be injurious to CanadaSA国际影视传媒檚 national security.SA国际影视传媒

The revelation comes after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to ban TikTok unless its China-based owner sells its stake in the business.

Asked whether the Canadian government would consider a measure similar to the U.S. bill, ChampagneSA国际影视传媒檚 office said that the Liberal cabinet SA国际影视传媒渋ssued an order for the national security review of TikTok CanadaSA国际影视传媒 on Sept. 6.

It said the review was based on the expansion of a business, which it said constituted the establishment of a new Canadian entity. It declined to provide any further details about what expansion it was reviewing.

The office said the cabinet order was not accessible online, as is routine, because the information is protected and confidential under the Investment Canada Act.

It indicated TikTok would be subject to SA国际影视传媒渆nhanced scrutinySA国际影视传媒 under the act under a new policy on foreign investments in the interactive digital media sector released by the government earlier this month.

That policy statement says SA国际影视传媒渉ostile state-sponsored or influenced actors may seek to leverage foreign investments in the interactive digital media sector to propagate disinformation or manipulate information in a manner that is injurious to CanadaSA国际影视传媒檚 national security.SA国际影视传媒

The federal government banned TikTok from its mobile devices in February 2023 after federal and provincial privacy commissioners launched their own investigation into the platform.

The Canadian review is not related to the proposed U.S. bill, which is driven by concerns that the companySA国际影视传媒檚 current ownership structure is a national security threat.

TikTok is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese technology firm ByteDance Ltd.

U.S. lawmakers contend ByteDance is beholden to the Chinese government, which could demand access to the data of TikTokSA国际影视传媒檚 U.S. consumers, given Chinese national security laws that compel organizations to assist with intelligence gathering.

The bill must still pass the Senate, where lawmakers have indicated it will undergo a thorough review. U.S. President Joe Biden has said if Congress passes the measure, he will sign it.

Nearly 30 per cent of Canadian respondents to an October 2022 survey by Toronto Metropolitan University said they were on TikTok.

For many Canadian creators who make TikTok content, the U.S. market is paramount, said Scott Benzie, executive director of Digital First Canada. The organization advocates for digital creators, and has in the past received funding from TikTok.

SA国际影视传媒淚f a ban actually goes through in the U.S., Canadian careers on TikTok are over,SA国际影视传媒 he said.

In addition to losing audience reach, for creators who earn money through sponsorships, SA国际影视传媒渙bviously most of those brands want to connect with U.S. audiences, and if thatSA国际影视传媒檚 not a possibility then that money just goes away.SA国际影视传媒

Nathan Kennedy, a personal finance content creator from Hamilton, Ont., said heSA国际影视传媒檚 SA国际影视传媒減retty calmSA国际影视传媒 about the situation, noting threats to ban TikTok have been around for years.

TikTok is his biggest platform, and the majority of his audience is in the United States. He became a full-time content creator two-and-a half years ago.

SA国际影视传媒淵ou kind of just have to be even-keel about the whole thing SA国际影视传媒 I literally cannot do anything. ItSA国际影视传媒檚 not even in my country,SA国际影视传媒 he said.

He said itSA国际影视传媒檚 hard to believe a ban will actually happen that causes TikTok to exit the U.S.

But if the hypothetical worst-case scenario does happen, Kennedy said he would turn to other platforms.

SA国际影视传媒淧eople are going to be watching content. ThatSA国际影视传媒檚 not going to change. ItSA国际影视传媒檚 where they watch their content that might change over time,SA国际影视传媒 he said.

SA国际影视传媒淚 donSA国际影视传媒檛 want to sound like ISA国际影视传媒檓 being very nonchalant here. But itSA国际影视传媒檚 one of those things that you have to accept, that itSA国际影视传媒檚 not your platform, itSA国际影视传媒檚 not your business. And you kind of have to go to where the attention is.SA国际影视传媒




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