A group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday, November 22, sent a letter to TikTok’s CEO over the concern that the Chinese firm might provide misleading and false information to Congress about user’s data sharing with the Chinese regime.
In a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew, House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer asked the China-owned video platform to give information about its organizational structure and data sharing practices.
The two lawmakers accused TikTok of giving false or misleading information during a Congressional briefing in September.
The letter reads, “some of the information TikTok provided during the staff briefing appears to be untrue or misleading, including that TikTok does not track U.S. user locations.”
The two lawmakers also accused TikTok of failing to provide requested documents from Congress.
In addition, the lawmakers also asked TikTok to clarify the information that the Chinese firm is now negotiating with the Biden Administration to allow it to operate in the U.S.
According to Reuters, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in 2020 ordered its owner, ByteDance, to divest TikTok over the concern that American users’ data could be transferred to the Chinese regime.
A couple of days ago, one of the Democratic Party’s prominent figures, Sen. Mark Warner reiterated remarks made by former President Donald Trump that, “TikTok is an enormous threat.”
In addition to Warner, a series of U.S. politicians and officials have called for a crackdown on TikTok, such as FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and FBI Director Christopher Wray.