FBI Director Wray Addresses Concerns About TikTok and National Security

FBI Director Wray Addresses Concerns About TikTok and National Security

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FBI Director Chris Wray recently raised national security concerns about TikTok, warning that the Chinese government, which does not share American values, controls the app.

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The Associated Press reports that, while speaking at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Wray said the Chinese government could use the app to collect personal information on American users — information that could be used for nefarious purposes. Wray stated that all of these items are in the hands a government that doesn’t share our values and that has a mission that is very opposed to what’s best for the United States. This should concern us. “

The A.P. notes that President Donald Trump‘s administration attempted to ban TikTok two years ago and that current U.S. officials are in talks with the app’s parent company Bytedance about solutions to America’s security worries.

TikTok stated that it had been working with the U.S. :

“As Director Wray has previously said, the FBI’s input is being considered as part of our ongoing negotiations with the U.S. Government,” TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter said in an emailed statement. We are confident that we are on the right track to satisfy all reasonable U.S. security concerns. We have made significant progress towards implementing those solutions, even though we cannot comment on the details of those confidential discussions. “

As the A.P. As the A.P. mentioned, TikTok had answered questions about American security concerns before. Chief Operating Officer Vanessa Pappas told the U.S. senate in September that TikTok “will never share data, period.” “

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