National Safety Investigation Into the Procurement Of The TikTok Founder
The Chinese video App TikTok has acquired the United States social media app Musical.ly worth a billion dollars two years ago. The United States government has initiated a national safety investigation, the New York Times released a news on Friday.
The government and law-assigning authorities of US have commissioned a national investigation into the matter in recent weeks.
They were concerned about how the app stores personal information and whether the Chinese company is censoring politically sensitive content. They also raised questions regarding the app that sends data to the Chinese government, as Beijing-based TikTok founder ByteDance is subject to Chinese law.
TikTok allows its users make short videos with special effects and is well known among United States teenagers.
Almost 60% of TikTok‘s 26.5 million monthly active users in the US are between 16 and 24 years old, Tiktok stated earlier this year.
Senator Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton said in a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire that, “With over 110 million downloads in the US alone, TikTok poses a potential threat to counter-intelligence that we can not ignore.”
The Foreign Investment Committee in the US (CFIUS), which looks at potential national security risks with overseas buyers, is leading the Musical.ly Deal investigation, according to the report.
The anonymous sources also explain that TikTok has not obtained permission from CFIUS to acquire Musical.ly, which gives the US security panel the opportunity to investigate it now.
Senator Marco Rubio greeted the message through tweets:
“Last month I asked @USTreasury to do a CFIUS review of @tiktok_us. Because every platform of a company in #China that gathers bulk amounts of information about Americans poses a potential serious threat to our country.“
A TikTok correspondent commented on the issue as follows:
“However we can’t answer on ongoing regulatory processes, TikTok has crystal cleared that we have no higher priority than to win the trust of users and regulators in the United States, including the collaboration with Congress, and we are committed to it.“
TikTok was crystal clear in the last week that there are no links to Chinese intelligence, saying, “China is not responsible for the content of the application and is not under the pressure of any foreign government, including the Chinese government.“
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