Google and Apple urged to ban TikTok app by FCC commissioner

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A US Federal Communications Commissioner is calling on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores over concerns that user data from the hugely popular social media platform is being accessed in China. Country.

In a tweet Wednesday, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr shared a letter sent to Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai, chief executives of Apple and Google’s parent Alphabet, respectively. He raised concerns about TikTok’s Chinese ownership, saying that “it collects mass sensitive data that new reports show is being accessed in Beijing.”

Carr referenced a BuzzFeed News Report revealed that the Beijing-based employees of TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, had repeatedly accessed the personal information of US users, despite the company’s promises to the contrary.

“It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to its extensive data combined with Beijing’s seemingly unchecked access to that data,” Carr wrote. “But it is clear that TikTok’s behavioral patterns and misrepresentations regarding the uncontrolled access that people in Beijing have to sensitive US user data… make it non-compliant. adhere to the policies that both your companies require every app to comply with as a condition of being available on your app stores. “

He said TikTok is more than just a fun video app for young people, calling its business side “sheep’s clothes” to disguise the fact that it is a sophisticated tool for surveillance. series.

TikTok is a frequent target of regulators and White House officials in the Trump administration. ByteDance has finally reached an agreement that will allow TikTok to continue operating in the US, largely through its promise to store user data in the US.

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