Tiktok in the crosshairs of the US authorities

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The U.S. government is officially reviewing the popular international video platform TikTok due to security concerns.

After being reviewed by the United States’ Interdepartmental Foreign Investment Control Committee (CFIUS), “we will give the President a recommendation this week,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the presence of US President Donald Trump in the White House garden on Wednesday. “We’re looking at TikTok,” Trump said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had recently ruled out TikTok’s lockout and said that the only thing you should do is download the app to your smartphone “if you want your private information to fall into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

TikTok with the Chinese company ByteDance as the owner has long felt political headwind in the United States because of its possible proximity to the Chinese authorities and the handling of personal data. Because of suspicion from abroad, the company has long been trying to separate its international platform from the Chinese version. TikTok claims that it has never shared user data with the government in Beijing and has not done so should the company be asked to do so.

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