In an interview with Axios on Tuesday, Brendan Carr, one of five federal Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agency commissioners, said the US needs to be on TikTok, the widely popular short-form video app with nearly 1 billion users worldwide. should be banned.
Kevin Dietsch I Getty Images Brendan Carr, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, testifies before Congress in March 2022.
Although the FCC cannot take such action, Carr suggested that the Council on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), a separate government body that can regulate foreign investment, should ban the app.
“I don’t believe there is a way forward for anything other than a ban,” he told the outlet.
Carr was referring to the risk of TikTok sending US user data back to China, which has emerged, as noted by the outlet, in recent news reports that claimed that TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, had Planned to monitor the locations of some US citizens. and accessed other user data.
There is no world in which you can come to the data with enough security that you have enough confidence that it is not going to fall back into the hands of the Communist Party of China, he told Axios.
As the outlet noted, TikTok is currently in discussions with CFIUS, primarily on whether it can separate from ByteDance and become a US company to continue serving users.
TikTok told Entrepreneur via email: “Commissioner Carr has no role in confidential discussions with the US government relating to TikTok and appears to express an opinion independent of his role as an FCC commissioner. We believe that We are well on our way to reaching an agreement with the US government that will address all reasonable national security concerns.”
Politicians across the aisle have raised issues about security on TikTok, and in 2016, then-President Donald Trump even considered banning the app.