WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Chinese government could use TikTok to control the data of millions of American users, FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday. At the conference, he said the Chinese-owned video app was “screaming” over security concerns.
During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global threats to U.S. security, Lei said the Chinese government is using TikTok to control software on millions of devices and to threaten America on Taiwan and other issues. He said it can also promote narratives that divide people.
Addressing concerns that China might disseminate misinformation to China, Lei said, “Yes, and especially the last one, the outward appearance that it’s happening, even if it’s happening.” I would like to emphasize that I am not sure if I can see many of the signs of ‘users.
“This is a tool that is ultimately under the control of the Chinese government and, to me, raises national security concerns,” Lei said.
The White House backs a bill introduced by a dozen senators on Tuesday to ban TikTok and other foreign-based technologies if they pose a national security threat to President Joe Biden’s administration. The endorsement has fueled efforts by many lawmakers to ban the popular app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance and used by more than 100 million Americans.
Other senior U.S. intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes, CIA Director William Burns, and National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone, said at the hearing that TikTok poses a threat to U.S. national security. agreed with
During testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, Nakasone expressed concern about TikTok’s data collection and potential for facilitating broader influence operations.
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