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TikTok Could Control Data and Divide Americans, FBI’s Wray Says

  • ‘Outward signs of it happening’ might be missed, he says
  • Senate testimony comes after White House endorses a bill
Christopher Wray

Christopher Wray

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

FBI Director Christopher Wray said TikTok could be used to control data and software on millions of devices in the US and drive narratives to divide Americans while even intelligence agencies might miss manipulation by the Chinese-owned video app.

“We’re not sure that we would see many of the outward signs of it happening if it was happening,” Wray said Wednesday. “This is a tool that is ultimately within the control of the Chinese government and to me it screams out with national security concerns.”