The committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has placed the app under review, saying that they are investigating the app’s parent company ByteDance for potential threats to National Security.
If you could recall back in 2017, ByteDance acquired musical.ly which is the now known TikTok for $1 billion and they now boast of a whooping 800 million monthly active users. They also just recently passed the 1 billion downloads mark.
The New York Times once got an anonymous tip that TikTok was transferring data to china, but the company has denied it. In October TikTok made it clear that the data centers where they store users info are all in the U.S. and Singapore.
According to a TikTok spokesperson, ByteDance is based in Beijing but TikTok does not operate out of the country and has no connections with China.
Also commenting on the issue is a ByteDance spokesperson who said that “While we cannot comment on ongoing regulatory processes, TikTok has made clear that we have no higher priority than earning the trust of users and regulators in the U,S. Part of that effort includes working congress, and we are committed to doing so.”
With over 110 million downloads in the United States alone, it pretty obvious why they consider the app a security threat.