US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle warn that the application could pose a national security risk and urge regulators and intelligence agencies to investigate TikTok's ties with China.
TikTok, owned by Beijing-based parent company Bytedance, has grown in popularity and become one of the few applications for social media owned by China to gain traction in the West.
TikTok is not available in China, although ByteDance has an internal version of the app called Douyin.
Because TikTok's parent company is based in China, it may be forced to "support and cooperate with the Chinese Communist Party-controlled intelligence," the senators said, adding in a letter to the acting director of National Intelligence. The US said that "there is no legislative mechanism for Chinese companies to appeal if they do not agree to the request."
TikTok said in a statement that it stores all US consumer data and archives it in Singapore.
"Our data centers are located entirely outside China and none of our data is subject to Chinese law," the company said in a statement on Friday. "In addition, we have a dedicated technical team focused on adhering to robust cybersecurity policies as well as data privacy and security practices."
"There is sufficient and increasing evidence that TikTok's platform for Western markets, including those in the United States, is censoring content that is not in accordance with the directives of the Chinese government and the Communist Party," Rubio said in a statement. the weather.
TikTok said in a statement Friday that it does not remove content based on sensitivity related to China.
"We never wanted the Chinese government to remove any content, and we would not do it if asked," TikTok said, adding that his US moderation team "reviews content for compliance with our US policies – just like other American companies in our space. "