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America may be a step closer to banning TikTok

US lawmakers grilled TikTok's CEO Shou Zi Chew for five hours over national security concerns. TikTok's parent company ByteDance may be forced to sell the app or risk a ban in the US.

  • TikTok's CEO Shou Zi Chew was grilled by American lawmakers for five hours about the app's potential threats to America's national security.
  • Lawmakers are concerned about the data that the Chinese-owned company may be collecting and the potential for the app to be used to spread propaganda on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • TikTok's parent company ByteDance is facing pressure to sell the app to another firm or risk being banned in the US.
  • TikTok has proposed Project Texas, a plan to store all American data within the US by the end of this year on servers operated by American firm Oracle.
  • Several US states have already banned TikTok on government devices or networks, and there is a bill being considered that would grant the Commerce Department the power to prohibit communications or technology transactions with foreign adversaries.
America may be a step closer to banning TikTok
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