WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Republican members of Congress, who will set the agenda for the Home subsequent yr, pressed brief video app TikTok on Tuesday over considerations the corporate might have misled Congress about how a lot consumer knowledge it shares with China, the place proprietor ByteDance is headquartered.
Consultant Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest Republican on the Home Vitality and Commerce Committee, and Consultant James Comer, high Republican on the Oversight Committee, wrote to TikTok to say info supplied in a employees briefing gave the impression to be inaccurate.
“Among the info TikTok supplied throughout the employees briefing seems to be unfaithful or deceptive, together with that TikTok doesn’t observe U.S. consumer places,” the Republican lawmakers stated in a letter to TikTok Chief Government Shou Zi Chew and dated Tuesday.
TikTok didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Following election wins earlier this month, Republicans will take management of the Home in January. The letter might be an indication of powerful scrutiny they plan to use to Chinese language corporations together with TikTok, a goal of the Republican administration of former President Donald Trump.
However the Democratic Biden administration has additionally expressed concern about TikTok. FBI Director Christopher Wray stated earlier this month the Chinese language authorities might harness the video-sharing app to affect customers or management their units.
Amongst different questions, the lawmakers requested TikTok to offer drafts of any settlement being negotiated with the Biden administration to permit TikTok to stay energetic in the US.
The U.S. authorities’s Committee on International Funding in the US (CFIUS), which evaluations U.S. acquisitions by international corporations for potential nationwide safety dangers, in 2020 ordered ByteDance to divest TikTok due to fears U.S. consumer knowledge might be handed on to China’s communist authorities.
CFIUS and TikTok have been in talks for months aiming to succeed in a nationwide safety settlement to guard the info of TikTok’s greater than 100 million customers.
President Joe Biden in June 2021 withdrew a collection of Trump govt orders that sought to ban new downloads of TikTok and ordered the Commerce Division to conduct a overview of safety considerations posed by the apps.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Enhancing by Alexandra Alper and Lincoln Feast)