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Google and Apple urged to ban TikTok app by FCC commissioner

Google and Apple urged to ban TikTok app by FCC commissioner

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The US Federal Communications Commissioner is calling for Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores over concerns about access to user data from the widely popular social media platform in China.

In a tweet Wednesday, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr shared a Title To Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai, CEOs of Apple and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, respectively. He raised concerns about China’s ownership of TikTok, saying “it is harvesting swathes of sensitive data that new reports show is being accessed in Beijing.”

Carr pointed to a file BuzzFeed News report Which revealed that employees of TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, based in Beijing, have repeatedly accessed private information about American users, despite the company’s assurances to the contrary.

“TikTok clearly poses an unacceptable risk to national security due to its extensive data being combined with Beijing’s seemingly unfettered access to that data,” Carr wrote. “But it is clear that TikTok’s behavior pattern and misrepresentations regarding the unrestricted access that people in Beijing have to access to sensitive user data in the US… put it outside the scope of compliance with the policies that both companies require every app to adhere to as a condition of remaining available in stores. your applications.

Far from being just a funny video app for young people, he said, TikTok called this aspect of its business “sheep’s clothes” meant to disguise the fact that it is a sophisticated tool for mass surveillance.

TikTok has been a frequent target of regulators and White House officials during the Trump administration. ByteDance eventually struck a deal that would allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States, in large part by promising to store user data in the United States.

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