The Biden administration is pressuring the Chinese parent company of popular social media app TikTok to sell its stake in the app or face a possible ban in the U.S.
The move comes amid growing concerns that China could use the app to access Americans’ data, given the country’s national security law that requires companies to turn over customer data if requested.
China has responded by saying that the U.S.
has failed to prove that TikTok threatens national security.
TikTok has fired back, stating that divestment does not solve the problem and suggesting that a robust third-party monitoring, vetting, and verification process is needed.
The CEO of TikTok is expected to testify before Congress next week about potential security concerns and the impacts on younger users.
The Senate introduced a bipartisan bill last week to give the Biden administration more power to make moves against tech platforms like TikTok.