Senator Michael Bennett (D-Colorado) speaks on a mobile phone after the vote on May 25, 2022, one day after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas in Capitol Hill, Washington.
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Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennett apple and Google A letter was issued Thursday calling for the immediate removal of TikTok from mobile app stores, citing widespread concerns that the Chinese government has access to information about Americans using the app.
A request from Bennett, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, It highlights both growing concerns about TikTok’s potential national security risks and the power of Apple and Google to decide what kind of apps Americans can access.
Bennet told the CEOs of both companies that TikTok is different from other social media platforms because of its China-based parent company ByteDance. Need to hand over internal data To the government to support intelligence activities.
“Beijing’s demands pose obvious risks that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could weaponize TikTok against the United States. “These obvious risks make TikTok, in its current form, a threat to the national security of the United States,” Bennett wrote. It is an unacceptable threat.”
TikTok has repeatedly tried to reassure US lawmakers and officials concerned it is not storing US user data in China. negotiating with the U.S. government On how we can mitigate potential national security risks while continuing to operate here.
But so far many lawmakers have remained unconvinced, and Congress passed the bill late last year. Banning TikTok from government devicesSuggested by others Ban on TikTok Completely in the USA.Varying degrees of TikTok restrictions are also spread in different places some states and universities.
In the letter, Bennett cites a BuzzFeed News article from last year based on internal meeting transcripts repeatedly found by a China-based employee at TikTok’s parent company. Accessed information For US TikTok users. Bennett also quoted a recent Forbes article, saying that TikTok “heating” or promote a video of your choice to help it go viral.
“The Chinese Communist Party, via ByteDance, suggests that TikTok could use its influence to advance the interests of the Chinese government, which could be very real,” Bennett said. Hong Kong, Taiwan, or its policy towards Uyghurs. ”
“Unfortunately, Senator Bennett’s letter relies almost entirely on TikTok, the data we collect, and misleading coverage of data security controls,” said Brooke Oberwetter, a TikTok spokesperson. “We also ignore the significant investment we have made through Project Texas. Project Texas has sought to provide additional assurances to the community about data security and the integrity of the TikTok platform,” it said in a statement. It’s a plan negotiated with national security experts.”
Apple and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.