TikTok has always been a source of concern for parents of youth concerned about the new worrisome trend. TikTok has been chastised since its beginning, most recently by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
According to NPR, Wray expressed his concerns about the social media app and its possible threat to national security to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on Tuesday, reviewing a proposed deal to keep TikTok functioning in the United States.
According to the FBI director, the Chinese-owned app may be used “to control data gathering on millions of users, or control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used for influence operations if they so want, or to control software on millions of devices.”
Wray’s alleged remarks reflect those of FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who previously stated that “at its core, TikTok works as a sophisticated surveillance tool that captures vast amounts of personal and sensitive data.”
It’s unclear when or if TikTok will be banned entirely or whether the planned compromise to allow continuous operation in the US will be accepted.
“The FBI’s input is being considered as part of our ongoing negotiations with the US government,” a TikTok spokesperson said.
“While we can’t comment on the specifics of those confidential discussions, we are confident that we are on a path to fully satisfy all reasonable US national security concerns.”