TikTok: The Children’s Entertainment that Became a Security Concern

Av Patrik Oksanen och Anna Rennéus Guthrie
Publicerad 28 March, 2023

In a remarkably short span, the Chinese social media powerhouse, TikTok, has amassed a staggering one billion users. Its rapid ascent has not only posed a formidable challenge to Western platform giants but has also become a litmus test for the security policies of democratic nations. Concerns are particularly heightened due to the noteworthy fact that the parent company, ByteDance, is headquartered in China, subjecting it to Chinese law and raising security apprehensions among experts.

Presently, TikTok finds itself on the blacklist of governmental bodies, authorities, and political assemblies in numerous countries. European Parliamentarians, for instance, are now prohibited from incorporating the app into their professional toolkit. Similar restrictions have been imposed on the personnel of the Swedish Government Offices. Despite the mounting security fears surrounding TikTok, the app remains an indispensable communication tool, especially popular among children and young people, maintaining its stronghold in countries like Sweden.

Do note that this report is written in Swedish.

Patrik Oksanen is resident senior fellow at Stockholm Free World Forum and responsible for CIDA. Patrik works as a freelance journalist and lecturer, and is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Sciences and the Royal Swedish Naval Society.

Anna Rennéus Guthrie is a journalist, writer, and editor at Tidningen Näringslivet.