FCC: TikTok to leave Apple and Google app stores

A US Federal Communications Commission official said they had asked Apple and Google to remove the TikTok app from their app stores due to data security concerns. CNBC reports:

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The extremely popular short video application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, began to be controlled for the first time by the USA under the presidency of Donald Trump. Brendan Carr, one of the FCC commissioners, shared via Twitter a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

The letter contained reports that make the TikTok application non-compliant with the two companies' policies in their app store.

"TikTok is not what it seems. It's not just an application for sharing funny videos or memes. He is wearing the sheep's clothing ", the letter states.

"At its core, TikTok functions as an advanced surveillance tool that gathers large amounts of personal and sensitive data."

Carr's June 24 letter to the FCC also states that if Apple and Alphabet do not remove TikTok from their app stores, they will have until July 8 to comment.

The explanations should be "the basis for your company's conclusion that the secret access of private and sensitive US user data by individuals located in Beijing, combined with TikTok's pattern of misleading representation and behavior, does not violate any of the policies of your app store ”.

A TikTok spokesman told BuzzFeed News:

"We know we are one of the most secure platforms in terms of security and we aim to remove any doubts about the security of US user data. That's why we hire specialists and work constantly to validate our security standards. We bring reliable, independent third parties to test our defense ".

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  1. The proverb says: ours are figs and are not heard while theirs are nuts and thunder.

    In this case, when everything is collected by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc., everything is fine, while when the Chinese collect it, ... boiling

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