Washington – US: The US FBI Director Christopher Wray raised national security concerns about popular short video app TikTok as the Chinese government could harness the TikTok app to influence or control users devices.
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While speaking during a U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing on worldwide threats to the homeland, Wray said the FBI’s concerns about TikTok include:
The possibility that the Chinese government could use it to control data collection on millions of users or control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used for influence operations. Chinese government could control the software on millions of devices that gives opportunity to technically compromise personal devices, which could be used for influence operations.Christopher Wray – FBI Director
Wray called the foreign intelligence and economic threat from China the greatest long-term threat to our nation’s ideas, innovation, and economic security.