The United States of America is on the verge of outlawing TikTok, a popular social media app, as well as other apps based in or linked to China.
The decision is based on security concerns that Chinese government officials could gain access to American users’ data under Chinese law, compelling the company to hand over information.
A new bill by U.S. lawmakers indicates that the impending ban is not only targeting Chinese apps but also “any social media company in, or under the influence of, China, Russia, and several other foreign countries of concern.”
Specifically, the bill is targeting TikTok which is owned by ByteDance. Nairametrics understands that the company will remain the main target until the day it can be certified that it no longer poses as a security threat to the United States of America.
Earlier this year, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had written to Apple and Google requesting them to remove TikTok from their app stores. FCC Commissioner, Brendan Carr, accused TikTok of harvesting swaths of sensitive data that are being accessed in Beijing.
The Commissioner alleged that TikTok is not just an app for sharing funny memes or videos but a “sophisticated surveillance tool that harvests extensive amounts of personal and sensitive data.”
ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, however, assured the U.S. regulator that it was not under the influence of the Chinese government, adding that Americans’ data are saved with the company. These assurances have, however, failed to douse the tension.