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    TikTok should be removed from app stores, U.S. Senator urges Apple, Google

    Earlier this week, TikTok said that its chief executive officer Shou Zi Chew will testify before the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee in March.

     

    Democrat of Colorado – Senator Michael Bennet – has urged Apple and Google’s parent Alphabet to remove TikTok from their respective app stores. Bennet wrote a letter to the chief executives of the two companies stating that the Chinese short video app poses threat to national security.

     

    According to a report by CNBC, the U.S. Senator wrote that “the Chinese Communist Party could weaponize TikTok against the United States” as Beijing could force the app’s parent ByteDance to surrender data of American users or manipulate the content received by Americans to advance China’s interests.

     

    Earlier in December, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration banned the app on all House-managed devices in the U.S. Following this, a partial or full ban on the Chinese app was imposed by several states in the United States, which has at least 100 million TikTok users.

     

    TikTok has been denying all the allegations and assuring the U.S. government that its users’ data cannot be accessed and content cannot be manipulated by the Communist Party or anyone else in its home country.

     

    Earlier this week, TikTok said that its chief executive officer Shou Zi Chew will testify before the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee. Chew, who will appear before the Congressional Committee for the first time, will testify on the company’s privacy and data security practices on March 23.

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