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FCC commissioner wants TikTok banned for data concerns

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Out of the five commissioners working for the Federal Communications Commission, one wants Congress to ban TikTok.


The concern stems from their worry the user data may end up with the Chinese government.

FCC commissioner Brendan Carr shared that he did not believe there was any other option except for a ban.

According to Rochester First, Carr wrote “There simply isn’t a world in which you could come up with sufficient protection on the data that you could have sufficient confidence that it’s not finding its way back into the hands of the [Chinese Communist Party]”

ByteDance is a company based in China that owns TikTok. Earlier in the year, Carr wrote to Apple and Google to ask them to remove the apps from their stores due to concerns over data harvesting.

There are tens of millions of U.S. users using the app as other social media platforms struggle to stay afloat.

TikTok is working with the Council on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to become separate from ByteDance.

Trump’s administration had tried and failed to put a ban on TikTok in 2020.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has also voiced state Republicans’ concerns over the fact the the Biden administration seems to not take the threat to national security seriously with TikTok.

“We are confident that we are on a path to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Government that will satisfy all reasonable national security concerns,” a TikTok spokesperson said.

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