If you will recall, the Trump administration, tried several times to control TikTok’s operations without success.
Now a member of the FCC, Brendan Carr has called for Apple and Google to delete TikTok from their app stores, and TikTok headquarters must be feeling déjà vu. Will the effort to ban TikTok work this time around?
Why Is TikTok in trouble?
Carr’s letter was prompted by a BuzzFeed report, based on leaked audio recordings from internal TikTok meetings, that revealed that all the data that TikTok collects about US users is accessible to officials at its ByteDance headquarters in Beijing.
According to BuzzFeed, a TikTok official said “Everything is seen in China.” Apparently, there’s an engineer based in Beijing who is a “Master Admin” and who “has access to everything.”
This is significant because, according to Carr, ByteDance is required by Chinese law to comply with surveillance demands by the Chinese government.