US Lawmakers Told of Security Risks From China-owned TikTok

Posted on March 4, 2020 3:23 pm

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US officials on Wednesday stepped up warnings about the potential security risks from the fast-growing, Chinese-owned TikTok as a lawmaker unveiled legislation to ban the social media app from government devices.

At a Senate hearing, officials from the FBI, the Justice Department and Homeland Security said the video-sharing app could become another tool exploited by Chinese intelligence services.

Sen. Josh Hawley R-Missouri, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 22, 2020.

Senator Josh Hawley, who convened the hearing, said he was introducing a bill to ban TikTok from all US government devices, calling it “a major