CEO of TikTok Shou Zi Chew will appear before a House committee on March 23 to answer questions. On Monday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee stated that it will investigate the app’s impact on minors, its ties with the Chinese government through parent firm ByteDance, and the privacy and security of user data.
TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance, “has intentionally given the capacity for the Chinese Communist Party to acquire American user data,” the committee stated. The effects of these measures on people’s right to privacy and data security should be made clear to the American public.
TikTok, however, has responded forcefully against these claims.
According to an email exchange between CNET and a representative of TikTok, the company strongly refuted the notion that it had sent data on its American users to the Chinese Communist Party. We appreciate the chance to clarify some of the misinformation that has been spread about TikTok, ByteDance, and the steps we’re doing to address concerns regarding U.S. national security.
Meeting at a time when TikTok has being investigated by more government agencies.
The states of Ohio and New Jersey joined the ranks of those that have banned the use of TikTok on government-issued smartphones earlier in January. Similar measures have been taken against the social media app in Virginia, Georgia, and Texas.
TikTok was banned from all government-owned smartphones in December, and the Biden administration pressed for ByteDance to sell its US business in the same month.
There have been several complaints about the app from the FBI and the FCC.
In November, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that the programme might compromise security. Meanwhile, in the same month, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told Axios he backs a federal ban on TikTok.
If the United States followed India’s lead and banned TikTok, it would be one of just two countries to do so. The application is blocked or subject to censorship in some countries.
Learn more about why several states in the United States have banned the video-sharing app TikTok and about the national security concerns that have led to the ban by reading the reasons for the ban and the facts about TikTok.
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