In a recent meeting with U.S. lawmakers, FBI director Chris Wray said that China could use TikTok “to control data collection from millions of users or control the recommendation algorithm.” In addition, according to Wray, China could use it for influence operations.

He also said that Beijing could use the app to “control software on millions of devices,” which would give them technical control over those devices.

Overall, Wray said TikTok poses a risk to U.S. national security.

The FBI director pointed out that Chinese companies are required to toe the line and do whatever the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants them to do—for example, sharing information or serving as a tool of the CCP. That’s more than enough reason to be extremely concerned.

In September, Vanessa Pappas, CEO of TikTok, said that the company was getting closer to a final agreement with the U.S. government over user data and security concerns. 

In 2020, then-president Donald Trump tried to block WeChat and TikTok in the U.S. but failed in court battles.

In 2021, Joe Biden overturned Trump’s executive orders banning people from downloading WeChat and TikTok. But Biden also told the Commerce Department to review the security concerns related to the app.

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