NBC News: TikTok and China come under scrutiny in congressional hearing

  November 5, 2019   News Stories

Short-form social video app TikTok came under sharp scrutiny in a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday following the U.S. government launching a national security review of the fast-growing social media platform’s Chinese-based parent company last week.

“If you don’t know what TikTok is, you should,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said at the onset of the hearing he chaired, calling it “a Chinese-owned social media platform so popular among teens that Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly spooked.”

“For Facebook, the fear is lost social media market share. For the rest of us, the fear is somewhat different,” he continued. “A company compromised by the Chinese Communist Party knows where your children are, knows what they look like, what their voices sound like, what they’re watching, and what they share with each other.”

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