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TikTok Owner Spends Record $2.14 Million on US Lobbying

  • ByteDance gets fresh Washington scrutiny on security, privacy
  • TikTok’s lobbying increased nearly 130% from first quarter

ByteDance Inc., the Chinese parent company of social media video streaming sensation TikTok, spent a record $2.14 million on lobbying during the second quarter as it sought to fend off escalating congressional attacks over its privacy and security practices. 

The company’s lobbying spending increased nearly 130% from the first quarter, a sign that TikTok’s government affairs operation is escalating its attention to Congress after a lull. This year’s second quarter spending increased 16.3% over a year earlier, when the company spent $1.84 million.