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EngadgetFeb 02, 2023
Senator asks Apple and Google to ban TikTok from their app stores
TikTok is facing yet another call from a prominent lawmaker for the app's ban, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Apple and Google urging the companies to ban TikTok from their respective app stores.

In the letter, Bennet says that "TikTok, in its current form, [is] an unacceptable threat to the national security of the United States." The letter, addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, repeats many of the same points that have been raised by other lawmakers seeking to ban the app.

Specifically, Bennet raises the possibility that TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, could be compelled to "use its influence to advance Chinese government interests," via TikTok. "Like most social media platforms, TikTok collects vast and sophisticated data from its users, including faceprints and voiceprints," Bennet writes. "Unlike most social media platforms, TikTok poses a unique concern because Chinese law obligates ByteDance, its Beijing-based parent company, to ‘support, assist, and cooperate with state intelligence work.'"

TikTok has long denied that such scenarios could play out, and has attempted to downplay its ties to China. In a statement to CNN the company said Bennet's letter "relies almost exclusively on misleading reporting about TikTok, the data we collect, and our data security controls."

Apple and Google didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

While it seems unlikely either company would take such a drastic step based on a


Mac RumorsFeb 02, 2023
U.S. Senator Calls on Apple and Google to Ban TikTok From App Stores
United States Senator Michael Bennet today penned a letter to the chief executives of Apple and Google demanding that they ban Chinese-owned TikTok from their app stores on national security grounds (via The New York Times).

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