FERMATE TIK TOK – The Chinese social media app Tik Tok is “as much of a threat” to Britain as Huawei, senior Conservative MPs have warned. Sir Lain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said he thought that the service should be banned because of its proximity to “Chinese intelligence services”. “There are real serious concerns, as big as with Huawei, over the role that they play,” he said. “Tik Tok is the product of a company called Byte Dance which has roots everywhere at the moment, a bit like Huawei. They’re growing like mad. Everybody is now reviewing the company.” Tom Tugendhat, the Tory chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said: “Democratic nations need to be more aware of the partners they’re working with and the reputations they have in their own countries. Companies like Byte Dance raise serious questions about who they’re willing to work with and what that co-operation will enable.” Bob Seely, Tory MP for the Isle of Wight, said that there were “very significant political and data privacy issues” with the app, which the government should examine. “I would certainly have a look at it and if other countries are doing the same thing we need to be careful about it,” he added. Tik Tok allows users to share short videos and is wildly popular among teenagers.