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FBI Is ‘Extremely Concerned’ About TikTok Operating in US

  • Agency has national security concerns to allowing US operation
  • Biden administration mulling deal to let Chinese video app run
Christopher Wray
Christopher WrayPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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FBI Director Christopher Wray reiterated the bureau’s longstanding national security concerns about Chinese-owned video app TikTok to lawmakers Tuesday and said the agency is sharing its views with officials who are weighing a deal that would allow it to keep operating in the US.

Wray told lawmakers China’s government could use the app to control millions of users’ data or software, and its recommendation algorithm -- which determines which videos users will see next -- “could be used for influence operations if they so choose.”