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FIRST ON FOX: Senior House Republicans are launching an investigation into popular social media app TikTok over allegations that the company allowed access to its non-public user data from China.

GOP Legislators on House Oversight and Energy and Commerce Committees sent a letter to TikTok Thursday requesting documents and communications detailing his relationship with ByteDance. The Beijing-based tech conglomerate is the parent company of TikTok and has come under scrutiny in recent years for its close working relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.

“Data collected by TikTok on US users, such as browsing and search history, biometrics, location data and other metadata, would pose a massive national security risk in the hands of CCP intelligence. “, wrote the lawmakers.

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TikTok’s ties to the Chinese government have raised alarm bells on Capitol Hill. Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured here during a ceremony in April.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A recent expose, based on more than 80 internal conversations with TikTok employees, revealed that ByteDance had accessed US subscriber user data. In some cases, ByteDance even had access when employees of TikTok’s US division did not.

GOP lawmakers say the arrangement is troubling given that as a Chinese company, ByteDance is legally required to share its data with the communist regime in Beijing.

“This law requires individuals, organizations, and institutions to assist the CCP’s public security and state security officials in carrying out and carrying out ‘intelligence’ work,” the officials wrote. legislators.

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Libs of TikTok, which shares videos of left-wing individuals openly expressing their social and political views, has been suspended from Instagram by the company which claims it was a "mistake."

Libs of TikTok, which shares videos of left-wing individuals openly expressing their social and political views, has been suspended from Instagram by the company which says it was a “mistake”.
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In the past, TikTok has claimed that its US users’ data is stored in America, Singapore or a US-based cloud storage system.

The company said the exposure, produced by Buzzfeed News, presented an inaccurate picture of its data sharing policies:

“For two years, we’ve spoken openly about our work to limit access to user data in all regions and keep U.S. user data safe. It’s unfortunate that BuzzFeed picked quotes from meetings about those same efforts. and failed to provide adequate context. We look forward to meeting with members of Congress to correct BuzzFeed’s misleading information.”

GOP lawmakers, however, say that claim has been thrown into doubt by recent revelations.

“If true, TikTok not only misrepresented or provided false testimony about its data management and security practices, but it endangered the security and privacy of millions of American citizens.

As such, Republicans are asking TikTok to provide detailed information and documents about its relationship with ByteDance.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have expressed concern over TikTok's ties to the Chinese government.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have expressed concern over TikTok’s ties to the Chinese government.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Representative James Comer, the lead Republican on the oversight committee, also sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen requesting a congressional briefing on the administration’s ongoing efforts to ensure the data of U.S. TikTok users is protected.

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Comer, R-KY, said the ongoing nature of the government’s negotiations with TikTok needed to be more transparent because the personal information of millions of American citizens was at risk.

“In light of China’s data-driven surveillance and surveillance initiatives, there are unprecedented implications for the privacy interests of US users in this case, and a strong possibility that TikTok poses an intractable risk. for national security,” the letter read.

The Treasury Department immediately responded to requests for comment.