Apple and Google asked to ban TikTok by FCC Commissioner

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TikTok cannot catch a break from criticism lately. After news broke out about the data privacy breach of users in the US, it has been in deep waters. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner, Brendan Carr, has now written to Apple and Google, asking them to ban Tiktok from their platforms as it may leak sensitive user data to Beijing.

Carr stated that around 19 million users had downloaded Tiktok in the US in just the first quarter of 2022, meaning that it stores the data about quite a significant population of the US. “It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable security risk due to its extensive data harvesting being combined with Beijing’s apparently unchecked access to that sensitive data”, said Carr. He then asked both Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their app stores for failing to follow regulations. You can view the full letter below:


Carr also suggested that TikTok being a mere social media application for sharing memes and content is a facade. He claimed that it is in fact a “sophisticated surveillance tool that harvests extensive amounts of personal and sensitive data.” He continued by mentioning how other countries or organizations banned TikTok like India in 2020 and the US military. In fact, even former US president Donald Trump tried to ban TikTok as well.

While Tiktok has already announced that it is shifting user data to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with servers hosted in the US and Singapore, Carr argues that this does not pacify his concerns because they do not prevent data from being accessed by Beijing.

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Source: https://www.neowin.net/news/apple-and-google-asked-to-ban-tiktok-by-fcc-commissioner/

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AnimePosted:

I sometimes watch videos on TikTok. But I wish me luck.

CalicoReidsoPosted:

They can ask, but Apple and Google don't have to do so

AntiglioPosted:

the only app i use to watch funny videos come on man

RuntsPosted:

GOOD I hate tik tok lol the garbage app needs ban then kids wouldnt be so cringe or brain dead


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