United States Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Tom Cotton have asked intelligence community officials to investigate the popular Chinese application TikTok to see if it poses a national security risk .
In a letter addressed to the interim director. From national intelligence Joseph Maguire, senators expressed concern about how the video sharing platform collects user data and questioned whether it censures content for US users. They also suggested that TikTok could be targeted by foreign influence campaigns.
In the US In the US, there is growing concern over security and censorship issues with TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance technology company, and other content platforms that are owned by Chinese companies.
Senator Marco Rubio has also asked the US authorities to review accusations that the Chinese government uses TikTok for political censorship.
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Senator Schumer and Senator Cotton have urged researchers to investigate how TikTok collects user location data and other confidential personal information. While TikTok says the data of US users. UU. They are stored in the USA. UU., Senators argue that ByteDance is still governed by Chinese laws.
Earlier this month, Senator Rubio requested that a US national security panel. UU. 2017. He was also concerned that TikTok "only had a few videos of the Hong Kong protests that international headlines have been dominating for months."
In a statement to Reuters a TikTok spokesperson explained that China has no jurisdiction over the content of the application because the application does not operate in China and says:
“The Chinese government does not request that TikTok censor the content. To be clear: we don't delete videos based on the presence of protest content from Hong Kong. TikTok is committed to being a reliable and responsible corporate citizen in the USA. UU., Which includes working with Congress and all relevant regulatory agencies. ”
Hopefully you will learn more about how TikTok handles US user data. UU. And whether or not the video sharing platform is really a threat to the national security of the United States. UU. If the intelligence community ends up deciding to follow up on the senators' request.
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