Schumer Statement In Response To Reports Of U.S. Government Investigation Into The National Security Risks Posed By TikTok-Owner ByteDance’s Acquisition Of Musical.ly App

November 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement, following reports that the U.S. government is investigating TikTok-owner ByteDance’s acquisition of the Musical.ly app for potential national security risks. This investigation comes after Senators Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent a letter last week to the Acting Director of National Intelligence requesting an assessment of the national security risks posted by TikTok and other China-based content platforms operating in the U.S.: 

“The U.S. government investigation into TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company, if true, is welcome news. Just last week, Senator Cotton and I requested the Director of National Intelligence assess the national security risks posed by this China-owned company; this new investigation is validation of our concern that apps like TikTok—that store massive amounts of personal data accessible to foreign governments—may pose serious risks to millions of Americans and deserve greater scrutiny.”

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