Whistleblower: Chinese Communist Party can access TikTok US user data
A whistleblower says TikTok and Byte Dance employees based in China can easily access U.S. data with the click of a button. That includes members of the Chinese Communist party on the company’s payroll.
The whistleblower came forward to Senator Josh Hawley, and he’s now asking Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to investigate in her capacity as chairwoman of the committee on foreign investment in the United States.
Senator Hawley says the whistleblower is a former employee of Tiktok’s parent company ByteDance. Members of Congress have expressed concern that because ByteDance is based in China, the Chinese communist party can access American’s data and use it to their advantage.
Hawley: “China based engineers can access american’s data, that it is like in the whistleblower’s words flipping a switch. That There are no meaningful controls or firewalls between american’s data and between china based engineers ability to access it. It’s hugely disturbing.”
This whistleblower account is at odds with what TikTok executives have told Congress.
In this letter – TikTok’s CEO Shou Chew told lawmakers:
“Employees outside the U.S., including China-based employees, can have access to TikTok U.S. user data subject to a series of robust cybersecurity protocols and authorization approval protocols.”
Chew added: “We have not provided U.S. user data to the CCP, nor would we if asked.”
Hawley: “They admit now that ByteDance has almost total control over TikTok. They are functionally one in the same, the whistleblower confirmed that as well. So listen, you cannot believe what these folks are saying. They will say anything to try and make a buck and also preserve their access to Beijing. “
Hawley says he hopes this revelation will encourage the Biden administration to force ByteDance to sell TikTok. If not – he says it needs to be banned. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.