Confront the CEO of TikTok intense questioning Of the House of Representatives on Thursday Central increasing momentum On Capitol Hill to ban the app in the US, FCC commissioner Brendan Carr said: “The day couldn’t have been worse for TikTok.”
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Carr said Friday on “CBS Mornings.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have spent hours denouncing TikTok’s data-harvesting practices, painting it as a tool used by the Chinese government to track and spy on Americans.
CEO of TikTok Shaw Zi Qiu He tried to assure lawmakers that the app poses no danger to its 150 million users, and does not share user data with the Chinese Communist Party. He acknowledged that TikTok had collected location data on US users in the past, and said some historical data was still stored in servers that could be accessed by engineers from ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company based in China.
Carr said the “most important thing” Chew had to do was “build a certain level of trust and credibility with Congress” and he “absolutely failed” to do so.
Like many other social media companies, TikTok Collects personal information of users, including phone numbers, email addresses, contacts, and WiFi networks. ByteDance said the company does not share information with the Chinese government, but US officials say Chinese law requires the company to make app data available to the Chinese Communist Party.
ByteDance is reportedly being investigated by the Department of Justice for possible spying on US citizens.
Carr said there were still “a lot of issues and potential hurdles” to pass any legislation banning the app, but added, “trust in TikTok is absolutely eroding.”
Carr has been leading and shaping the opinion on a potential TikTok ban, though neither he nor the Federal Communications Commission — which oversees communications laws and regulations in the United States — has any direct control or regulatory authority over the app.
In response to Qiu’s testimony, Chinese leaders announced on Friday that China has never and will not ask any company for data or intelligence in foreign countries.
TikTok has already been banned on federal government devices, as well as some state government devices. Federal legislators introduced several bills That would enable the Biden administration to ban it nationwide.
Caitlin Yelick and Nicole Killion contributed to this article.