Two US senators mentioned they have been investigating quick video sharing app TikTok’s reported determination just lately to rent a number of high-level executives from its Chinese language mum or dad firm, ByteDance.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, and Republican Marsha Blackburn mentioned in a letter on Tuesday to TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew that the personnel strikes additional name “into query the independence of TikTok’s operations and the safety of its US customers’ info.”
TikTok, which didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, is utilized by greater than 150 million People and has confronted calls from US lawmakers for a nationwide ban over issues about potential Chinese language authorities affect.
“The personnel adjustments give the impression that TikTok is trying to protect ByteDance’s affect over TikTok whereas avoiding suspicion,” the senators wrote, asking for an in depth account of safety protocols being imposed on ByteDance workers that switch from China to the US.
Efforts to provide the Biden administration new powers to ban TikTok have stalled in Congress.
Sen. Maria Cantwell has been working with the White Home and different lawmakers on a revised invoice to handle issues about TikTok and different foreign-owned apps.
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who sought unanimously consent to win approval for laws to ban TikTok in Might, plans to pressure a vote on the problem later this yr.
“We have to come again to it and we have to ban it,” he instructed Reuters final month. “(TikTok) has employed lobbyists by the bazillion, they’re within the halls continually and so they have been capable of cease progress.”
Then-President Donald Trump in 2020 sought to bar new downloads of TikTok and one other Chinese language-owned app, WeChat, a unit of Tencent, however a sequence of court docket choices blocked bans from taking impact.
TikTok is preventing a ban by the state of Montana set to take impact on Jan. 1.
A choose has scheduled an Oct. 12 listening to on TikTok’s lawsuit.