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China’s TikTok Needs U.S. Review Over Startup Deal, Rubio Says

  • Republican senator asks Treasury to examine Musical.ly deal
  • ByteDance bought startup and merged it with TikTok app
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Marco RubioPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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China’s ByteDance Inc. should be investigated by U.S. national security officials over its 2017 acquisition of a social media startup that’s behind the company’s popular video app TikTok, said Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

Rubio asked the Treasury Department in a letter Wednesday to review ByteDance’s purchase of Musical.ly, accusing the company of censoring content on behalf of the Chinese government and the Communist Party.