Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission called on the U.S. government to ban social media platform TikTok over concerns about how the China-owned app handles the data of American users.
The remarks, made in an interview with Axios, come as the fast-growing app holds ongoing negotiations with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, about whether it can continue business in the U.S. if it is sold from Chinese parent company ByteDance to an American company.
A string of news reports this year about TikTok’s handling of US user data has left Carr with “little confidence there’s a path forward,” he told CNN in a phone interview Tuesday. “Perhaps the deal CFIUS ends up cutting is an amazing, airtight deal, but at this point I have a very, very difficult time looking at TikTok’s conduct thinking we’re going to cut a technical construct that they’re not going to find a way around.”
Brendan Carr, one of five commissioners of the FCC, called on CFIUS to ban TikTok, citing the company’s alleged inability to secure the data of U.S.-based user.