The FBI has concerns about TikTok
FBI Director Christopher Wray said that his agency has “national security concerns” about TikTok, a popular service for posting and watching short videos.
The statement was made amid attempts by the Chinese company to obtain permission from the U.S. government to continue operating in the country.
Speaking to Congress, Ray said that these concerns included “the possibility that the Chinese government will use it to control the collection of data about millions of users.
According to Ray, there are also concerns that the Chinese government could “control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used to conduct influence operations or to control the software on millions of devices, which would create the potential for technical compromise of personal devices.”
In an affidavit, Ray called China’s foreign intelligence and economic threat “the greatest long-term threat to our nation’s ideas, innovation and economic security.”
However, he declined to answer the legislator’s question about whether the Chinese government uses TikTok to collect data on American citizens.