TikTok Ban Demand by FCC Commissioner in the U.S

TikTok has been declared a national security risk by the FCC, and Apple and Google have been asked to remove it from their app stores.
SIA Team
July 2, 2022

The commissioner of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FTC) accused TikTok of harvesting user data and demanded that Apple and Google remove TikTok from their respective app stores.

Brendan Carr, the FTC commissioner, cited a BuzzFeed News report claiming that China had complete access to user data.

According to the letter, TikTok violates Apple and Google’s terms and policies.

“Last week, an alarming new report shed fresh light on the serious national security threats posed by TikTok. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance – an organization that is beholden to the Communist Party of China and required by Chinese law to comply with the PRC’s surveillance demands. It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to its extensive data harvesting being combined with Beijing’s apparently unchecked access to that sensitive data…Therefore, I am requesting that you apply the plain text of your app store policies to TikTok and remove it from your app stores for failure to abide by those terms,” Carr said.

Also, there’s leaked audio from TikTok internal meetings, China could access all user data from September 2021 to January 2022.

Due to this Mr. Carr wrote to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, requesting that TikTok be removed from their respective app stores.

Significantly, TikTok executives testified in October 2021 that who has access is decided by a U.S. security team.