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US open national security investigation into TikTok-sources

November 25, 2019

The US government is launching an investigation against TikTok which is a Chinese video app. TikTok is owned by Beijing Byte Dance company and had bought Musical.ly for $ 1 billion.

Although this deal was completed more than two years ago the US authorities are concerned about the app and want to investigate whether the app is censoring politically sensitive content through the app and whether it is sending back any data back to China.

The decision was taken by The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) which reviews all the deals that have been done by a foreign-based company to buy a US-based company. The main purpose of all the investigations is to find out whether through this type of deals the foreign-based company is involved in any type of threat to the nation. When the Chinese based video app company bought Musical.ly it did not take its permission from the CFIUS. So this move has been made by the US government.

 The move comes at a time when there is an unknown future between the relations among the two countries which has been further degraded due to the ongoing trade war. Also, the presidential elections are due next year. The move seems to also prevent outside sources from interfering with the mindset of the people in the US by fake political news and political campaigns.

TikTok has been growing in popularity worldwide and it is attracting the younger generation to it. TikTok has 26.5 million users active each month in the US. Out of this, nearly 60% fall in the age group of 16 to 24. There have been rumours in some countries that the app has been taking personal information from the users. In some countries like in India, the TikTok was temporarily banned.

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