During Donald Trump‘s presidency, the controversy surrounding the app TikTok peaked, and it still seems to be going strong today.
The focus is now being brought back onto the app by Brendan Carr, commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission.
In fact, he has requested that it be taken down from Google and Apple’s app stores in a formal letter. Carr has warned that TikTok is dangerous for the nation.
“It’s not just an app for sharing videos or memes. It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Carr stated.
“TikTok collects everything from search and browsing histories to keystroke patterns and biometric identifiers, including facial and voice prints.”
Links to China
Additionally, the commissioner questioned TikTok’s ties to the Communist Party.
“It is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, an organisation that is beholden to the Communist Party of China and is bound by Chinese law to comply with the surveillance demands of the People’s Republic of China,” Carr explained.
Carr has requested responses to his lengthy letter, which he posted on social media, from Google and Apple CEOs Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook by July 8.
The commissioner cites purported “evidence” of these allegedly dubious TikTok practises, such as the platform’s payment of 92 million dollars in 2021 for sending users’ personal information to Chinese servers.
TikTok poses a threat to national security because of the large amount of data it has access to and Beijing’s authority over this collection of data, according to Carr.
The commissioner actually asserts that government representatives have advised soldiers and other subordinates to uninstall TikTok from their mobile devices.