TikTok Under Federal Investigation For Spying On Americans

In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, TikTok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on April 13, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia - TikTok has pledged $250 million to local organizations around the world supporting healthcare, education, and struggling communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
  • The FBI and DOJ have reportedly launched investigations into TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, over allegations of spying on journalists, including Americans.
  • Engadget reports that the FBI and DOJ are investigating ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, after the company acknowledged firing four employees for using the app to track the whereabouts of two journalists in the United States.
  • TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, has come under pressure from the U.S. government to sell its shares in the popular video-sharing app or face a ban in the country.
  • After ByteDance admitted that its employees had improperly accessed the data of U.S. users, congressional critics began to express concerns about TikTok’s surveillance practices.
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