Cotton demands answers on TikTok’s H-1B visas
Tiktok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance is using H-1b guest worker visas to get some of its employees into the US. In fact in 2022, the Department of Homeland Security approved 570 visas for employees to work at TikTok’s offices in California. But Senator Tom Cotton is expressing concerns about who those employees are, and whether they could help the Chinese Communist Party access sensitive user information.
In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Cotton wrote:
“This threatens the safety and security of American citizens, and also functions as an avenue for the Chinese government to track the locations of and develop blackmail on Federal employees and contractors.”
He wants DHS to provide a list of everyone who was sponsored by Tiktok and their job title. He pointed out in the letter that at least 300 TikTok employees are current or former employees of Chinese state owned media.
TikTok has tried to address data concerns by saying all American users information is stored in the US and it’s data centers are stored outside China. But there have been multiple reports, including this one from Forbes, that a team at TikTok planned to use the app to monitor the personal location of certain American Citizens. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.