Is TikTok China's Trojan Horse?
On June 28, 2022, U.S. FCC commissioner Brendan Carr called on "Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores for its pattern of surreptitious data practices."
He states "TikTok is not just another video app. That's the sheep's clothing. It harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports show are being accessed in Beijing."
On June 30, TikTok responded in a letter to the U.S. Senators admitting, "Employees outside the U.S., including China-based employees, can have access to TikTok U.S.
It is clear the Chinese government's actions have a history of misalignment with their stated desires to productively contribute to the global order.
The reports of U.S. data collected from TikTok being available in China are simply the latest example.
TikTok is more than an application. TikTok has the capability for surveillance and influence line-of-effort funded and supported by the Chinese government.
U.S. government must ban TikTok which is proving itself as a Trojan, as a matter of national security.