FCC Commissioner urges Google and Apple to ban TikTok

“TikTok is not just another video app. That’s the sheep’s clothing.” That’s what Brendan Carr wrote in his tweet along with a copy of the letter he sent Apple and Google, asking the companies to remove TikTok from their app stores. The agency’s senior Republican commissioner references a recent BuzzFeed News report that examined leaked audio from 80 internal TikTok meetings. Based on those leaked audio recordings, China-based employees of TikTok parent company ByteDance had repeatedly accessed private information on users in the US.

One member of TikTok’s Trust and Safety department reportedly said during a meeting in September 2021 that “everything is seen in China.” A director said in another meeting that a Beijing-based engineer referred to as “Master Admin” has “access to everything.” Just hours before BuzzFeed News published its report, TikTok announced that it migrated 100 percent of US user traffic to a new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It’s part of the company’s efforts to address concerns by US authorities about how it handles information from users in the country.

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Source: Engadget