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Apple, Google Urged to Remove TikTok From App Stores by Democratic Senator

  • Bennet joins Republicans in trying to bar China-owned app
  • He says China could ‘weaponize’ the video-sharing platform
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Senator Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat and member of the Intelligence Committee, has asked the chief executive officers of  Apple Inc.  and Alphabet Inc.’s Google to remove TikTok, the Chinese-owned video-sharing platform, from their app stores, citing “grave” national security concerns.

“Like most social media platforms, TikTok collects vast and sophisticated data from its users, including faceprints and voiceprints,” Bennet wrote to Apple’s Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet. “Unlike most social media platforms, TikTok poses a unique concern because Chinese law obligates ByteDance, its Beijing-based parent, to ‘support, assist, and cooperate with state intelligence work.’”