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Not only TikTok: France bans also Twitter, Instagram, Netflix and other apps from government staff phones (

The move follows similar restrictions on TikTok in democratic countries amid fears about the popular video-sharing app's Chinese connections. But the French decision also encompassed other platforms widely used by government officials, lawmakers and President Emmanuel Macron himself.

"TikTok is part of China’s cognitive warfare campaign", says researcher Nita Farahany (

"We [...] need to raise public awareness of the risks associated with digital platforms and neurotechnology devices by giving the public concrete information about the risks to themselves and national security. Educating users about potential dangers and promoting digital literacy will empower individuals to make informed...

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