TikTok more than doubles DC lobbying presence
Tiktok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance spent more than $2.1 million on lobbying from April to June, according to Bloomberg. That’s 130 percent more than they spent during the first three months of the year, and there’s good reason.
The relationship between Tiktok and DC is rocky.
In June, Buzzfeed reported TikTok employees in China accessed non-public data from users in the U.S. Members of congress raised the alarm that this was more evidence that the Chinese Communist Party could use the app’s data collection to gather information about Americans.
Tiktok’s CEO sent Senators an eight page letter that was supposed to put their concerns at ease and quote “set the record straight”.
Instead it escalated the situation.
Marsha Blackburn says: “Isn’t it amazing. Tiktok will give you the same old same old. And what have we found out? It appears they are letting the Chinese Communist Party have access to your information.”
Senator Blackburn added in a statement quote: “They should have come clean from the start but instead tried to shroud their work in secrecy. Americans need to know that if they are on TikTok, Communist China has their information.”
The lead Republican FCC commissioner also called on Apple and Google to remove Tiktok from their app stores an “unacceptable national security risk”.
Members of Congress want Tiktok executives to testify, and that would likely lead to legislation that would further hinder its business. That could mean big bucks for an app that has an estimated 130 million active users in the US. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.