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US House Republicans press TikTok on use of kids’ data, ties to Beijing

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Two leading Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives wrote a letter to the founder of the popular video sharing app TikTok on Thursday, asking about potentially illegal use of data about children and ties to the Chinese government.

FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logo is displayed on the smartphone while standing on the U.S. flag in this illustration picture taken, November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

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WASHINGTON: Two leading Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives wrote a letter to the founder of the popular video sharing app TikTok on Thursday, asking about potentially illegal use of data about children and ties to the Chinese government.

Representatives Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the ranking member of a consumer subcommittee, asked what information was collected about American users, what data is shared with the Chinese Communist Party or other state-owned entities and whether information on Americans is stored in China.

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"TikToks seemingly close ties to the Chinese government raise serious concerns about your data practices, including what information your company collects on Americans and what you do with it," the lawmakers wrote.

The letter was addressed to Zhang Yiming, founder and CEO of TikTok owner ByteDance. TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter.

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