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U.S. senators call for more intelligence to the sensor at the Chinese-owned app, TikTok

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – the U.S. Senate’s Minority Leader, and Chuck Schumer, and Senator Tom Cotton on Wednesday, asked intelligence officials to examine whether the popular Chinese-owned app, TikTok is the national-security risks.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the TikTok application is viewed on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Image/File Photo

In a letter to a little bit.m/2BEFX3r of Joseph Macguire, deputy director of national intelligence, the senators ‘ concern about the video-sharing platform to collect data from the user, and whether or not China censors content seen by users in the united states. In the letter, it is suggested that TikTok was able to focus on foreign influence in campaigns.

Concern is growing in the United States of america on the safety, security and censorship issues in relation to the TikTok, which belongs to the Beijing-based tech company ByteDance, and other Chinese-owned content platforms. Senator Marco Rubio has asked the US authorities to review allegations that the Chinese government is used, TikTok and for political censorship.

“With more than 110 million downloads in the U.S. alone, TikTok is a potential counter-threat we can’t ignore it,” said Schumer, the Senate’s senior Democrat, and Cotton, a Republican senator from Arkansas.

They also urged the researchers to look at the issue of the TikTok is the collection of users ‘ location-related information, and other sensitive personal information.

TikTok, has said that the US users data will be stored in the United States, the senators noted that the ByteDance shall be governed by the Chinese laws and regulations.

This month, Rubio said a U.S. national security panel, in order to assess the ByteDance the acquisition of the show.m, Inc. He also points to questions about the reasons as to why TikTok, “this is only a couple of videos from the Hong Kong protests that have been dominating the international news headlines for months now.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in which the product will compete with the TikTok, particularly for younger users, the app will be about the censorship involved.

TikTok, has said that China does not have jurisdiction over the application and its content, since the app is not running in a part of China.

“The Chinese government doesn’t ask TikTok to content censorship,” a TikTok spokeswoman, said in a statement to Reuters. “For the sake of clarity, We do not have to remove videos that, on the basis of the presence of Hong Kong’s protests content.”

The president said TikTok, had no other details about the senators ‘ request.

“TikTok, it is important to have a trusted and responsible citizen of the U.S., including working with Congress and all appropriate regulatory agencies,” she said.

In a separate statement published on its website on Friday, with the video app, it said that it would not be affected by any foreign government, including that of China.

“TikTok, it is not active in the chinese market, nor do we have any intention to do so in the future,” it added.

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The website TikTok.com has been blocked in China, and that the app is not available on the Chinese app store. Users from mainland China-registered mobile numbers will not be able to log in either.

Still concerned about possible foreign influence in U.S. elections through the social media platforms that have emerged ever since U.S. intelligence agencies-found-Russia carried out a cyber influence campaign to help elect the President by Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Moscow has rejected the claim.

Facebook this week revealed it had been suspended on a network of Instagram accounts that operate from within Russia, facing U.S. voters with controversial political messages ahead of next year’s presidential election.

Reporting Elizabeth and Illustrator in San Francisco; Additional Reporting by Yingzhi Yang in Beijing; Editing by David Gregorio and Clarence Fernandez

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