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TIKTOK TROUBLE: Cotton Wants Answers on Number of Employees With CCP Ties.

Guest Workers at the Social Media App’s California Offices Draw Senator’s Ire.


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Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton (R) is setting his sights on one of the most dangerous social media apps on the market right now: TikTok. The China-based short video app has raised numerous complaints in the past for its shady privacy policies and how it collects and stores data.

Cotton fired off a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas expressing his concerns that guest workers at TikTok’s California HQ may have ties to the CCP and therefore present a security risk.

“TikTok captures vast amounts of private information on users, including American citizens, and has long been suspected of providing the CCP with potential access to that information,” Cotton said. “Given the security concerns with TikTok and the company’s repeated statements about ‘U.S.-based’ teams and data centers, having hundreds of foreign nationals working in those offices presents another potential threat.”

While TikTok claims that all user data is stored outside of China, the social media giant still maintains servers on mainland China and Chinese workers have access to the information.

“This threatens the safety and security of American citizens, and also functions as an avenue for the Chinese government to track the locations of and develop blackmail on federal employees and contractors,” Cotton wrote.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, Cotton requested a list of each sponsored employee, including names and company titles, by Nov. 15.

Cotton isn’t the only prominent GOP voice gunning for TikTok —Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) says the app should be banned altogether. Rubio wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post with fellow lawmaker Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI).

“TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. This is not a state-owned enterprise, but in China, no company is truly private,” the lawmakers wrote, adding that companies are required to share data with the Chinese government.

“That TikTok, and by extension the CCP, has the ability to survey every keystroke teenagers enter on their phones is disturbing,” the lawmakers added. “With this app, Beijing could also collect sensitive national security information from U.S. government employees and develop profiles on millions of Americans to use for blackmail or espionage.”

When will both sides of the aisle come together to protect Americans from the dangers of China’s privacy-invading, data-collecting machine?

Hopefully soon.