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US Senator Asks Apple, Google To Remove TikTok From App Stores

 |  February 2, 2023

TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, should be removed from app stores run by Apple and Google because the short video social media app poses a risk to national security, Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat on the intelligence committee, said in a letter dated Thursday.

The app, which Congress has already banned from federal government devices, has come under increasing criticism because of concern that China’s government could use it to harvest data on Americans or advance Chinese interests.

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“No company subject to CCP (Chinese Communist Party) dictates should have the power to accumulate such extensive data on the American people or curate content to nearly a third of our population,” Bennet wrote in the letter to Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“Given these risks, I urge you to remove TikTok from your respective app stores immediately,” he wrote.

Prior to Bennet’s letter, Republicans have largely led the charge on TikTok and national security concerns, although Democratic Senator Dick Durbin previously urged Americans to stop using the app.