TikTok was accused of mishandling sexual harassment complaints in the UK

The TikTok app logo. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo (DADO RUVIC/)

The social network of TikTok has received multiple accusations of not correctly handling the allegations of sexual harassment against a senior manager of the platform in the UK.

These accusations highlight the work culture of the social network and raise concerns within the company.

Steve Warewho is a former COO of TikTok’s e-commerce studio in Londonwas appointed to do inappropriate sexual comments against women who work at the company and also against customers, including influencers who create content on the app.

The complaints have been made by a group of women who worked with him on the social network.

The former director of TikTok assured that “the accusations against him are false,” according to an article published by the British media. Financial Times.

However, the complaints against Ware are not the only ones, previously in the United Kingdom, allegations have been made about a serious failure on the part of the human resources office in the way in which formal complaints from staff are addressed, about the culture company labor regarding inappropriate sexual comments against women.

He Financial Times also reported that in 2022, Joshua Mawho ran TikTok’s e-commerce team in Europe, told staff at a dinner party that she “didn’t believe” in maternity leave.

Complaints from employees following these comments led Ma to resign from her position. However, the executive remains in the company.

The logo of the TikTok app.  (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
The logo of the TikTok app. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) (Kiichiro Sato/)

For their part, the authorities of Czech Republic They have described the Chinese application TikTok as a security threat and have advised against its use on all computers that belong to critical infrastructures, but also on society as a whole.

The National Office for Cyber ​​and Information Security of the Czech Republic (NUKIB) has issued this warning “in view of the threat in the field of cyber security related to the installation and use of the TikTok application on computers with access to critical infrastructure IT and communication systems.”

TikTok is a mobile application and a social network for sharing videos that has been developed by the Chinese company ByteDance.

Interior Minister Vít Rakušan has stated that he will insist that none of the workers in his department use the app on their official mobile phones, reports Radio Prague.

“The amount of data that is collected and handled, combined with the legal environment in China and the growing number of users in the Czech Republic, leaves us no choice but to classify TikTok as a security threat,” Lukáš has justified the measure. Kintr, director of the NUKIB, in a statement.

In addition, he has indicated that the warning does not distinguish between users in the public and private sectors, but rather that the key “is whether a threat to a specific system could harm the functioning of the Czech Republic” and the safety of citizens.

In your note, you recall that Chinese law allows the communist party of that country “effectively influence the operation of private companies”.

Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.  REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang (Tingshu Wang/)

TikTok is one of the applications with the largest number of users in the Central European country, with more than 2 million, according to official Czech sources.

The Commission, the Council and the European Parliament, among other community institutions, have banned the Chinese application TikTok on corporate phones, in addition to recommending that it not be installed on personal devices.

In addition, Belgium banned the TikTok app on the mobile phones of ministers and federal officials, in line with measures being taken by other countries such as USA or the European institutions.

This is “a logical and necessary decision”, said the Belgian deputy prime minister, George Gilkinetin a message on his official Twitter account, after the meeting held today by the National Security Council (CSN) to analyze the issue.

The ban on TikTok will be applied for an initial period of six months, after which the measure will be reviewed, which will only affect official devices, although the CSN also recommended uninstalling the application on personal devices.

In addition to this measure agreed at the federal level, the authorities of the Flanders region (north of the country) also agreed yesterday to ban the Chinese application on the official phones and computers of its officials, after receiving several alerts about possible security risks.

(With information from EFE)

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