Biden raised concerns over TikTok in call with Xi: White House

TikTok

TikTok and its ownership came up as a topic of conversation in the call between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Tuesday, the White House said, adding Biden raised American concerns about the app’s ownership.

In March, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill giving ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, about six months to sell the U.S. assets of the app or face a ban, citing national security concerns. Senators are still undecided on how to proceed.

Biden has said he would sign such a bill if it reached his desk.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has been investigating TikTok over allegedly faulty privacy and data security practices, and could decide to bring a lawsuit or settlement in the next few weeks, Politico reported on Tuesday citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Earlier in March, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill giving ByteDance about six months to sell the U.S. assets of the app, or face a ban.

The White House had said the Senate should take “swift action”, and President Joe Biden said he would sign the bill.

Reuters had in 2020 reported the FTC and the U.S. Justice Department were looking into allegations the popular social media app TikTok failed to live up to a 2019 agreement aimed at protecting children’s privacy.

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