TikTok, a short-form video-sharing platform, has quickly become one of the more popular social media apps in the world today. According to recent studies over 41% of its users are Gen Z (ages 16 to 24).
But along with this, there are growing concerns about the app, and its connection to China and the Chinese Communist Party.
In early November 2022, Brendan Carr, a commissioner for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stated that the US should ban TikTok in order to protect the data of American citizens.
Fox News provides more details:
Carr, one of the five commissioners who lead the FCC, argued in an interview with Axios that there is no way to have “sufficient confidence” that Americans’ data on the app is not being sent back to Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). TikTok is owned by the Chinese tech giant, ByteDance, and Chinese law mandates that companies share their data with the CCP upon request. […]
That access is used frequently as well, as was revealed in an extensive report from BuzzFeed earlier this year. The outlet obtained audio from more than 80 internal meetings at TikTok, showing that U.S. employees were not permitted to access user data and instead relied on Chinese employees to do so.