US Senators call for US intelligence officials to investigate TikTok
Two senior US senators, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have called for US intelligence officials to investigate TikTok for any threats to national security it may pose. The letter to Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, prompts officials to investigate TikTok’s data collection practices to determine whether the Chinese government has any say in what content Americans see on the app.
Schumer and Cotton wrote, “Given these concerns, we ask that the Intelligence Community conduct an assessment of the national security risks posed by TikTok and other China-based content platforms operating in the U.S. and brief Congress on these findings.” In their letter, Schumer and Cotton also wrote that TikTok has received over 110 million downloads in the US alone.
In response, a TikTok spokesperson said, “We do not have details on the request and will not be offering any further comment on it at this time other than to reaffirm that TikTok is committed to being a trusted and responsible corporate citizen in the US, which includes working with Congress and all relevant regulatory agencies.”