U.S. “concerned” about app’s security implications

U.S. “concerned” about app’s security implications

The U.S. government said on Tuesday that it is. “very concerned” about the security implications of the short video platform TikTok, whose parent company is China’s ByteDance.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, expressed these concerns during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Democratic legislator Richard Blumenthal asked him about this application.

“Are you concerned about the security of TikTok users’ data and TikTok’s independence from the Chinese government?” said Blumenthal, to which Mayorkas replied that. he has “tremendous concern.” about many aspects of “the China’s aggression” against the U.S. and other democracies of the world.

TikTok is owned by the company ByteDance, but could be sold because of ongoing banning problems in several Western governments.

Mayorkas declined to provide details on the status of the legal action they are taking against that video platform in the U.S. and merely insisted that his government is “very concerned about the security implications of TikTok.”

“Unfounded repression.”

“There is pending litigation, we are very much focused on the threat that TikTok. poses; and you have my assurances that we are addressing that with tremendous vigilance,” the Homeland Security head emphasized.

China assured on Tuesday that the “baseless repression” by the U.S. on Tiktok “seriously violates the principles of the market economy and fair competition” and entails “a abuse of state power“.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently described Tiktok as. “a threat.” For its part, the Administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has threatened ByteDance with. ban the social network if it does not sell its shares in the app, it has transpired.

TikTok recently announced the opening of two data centers to strengthen data protection in Europe.

During an appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew warned last Thursday that imposing a veto on that platform in the country would be detrimental to the economy and the freedom of expression and recalled that in the U.S. there are around 150 million users.

Kayleigh Williams