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TikTok reconsiders US charm offensive to appease data security concerns

By , in Applications News TikTok , at January 9, 2023

It is no secret that the US government has little faith in TikTok when it comes to handling user data, largely because it is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese conglomerate. That is why former President Donald Trump ordered the firm to sell off the short-form video app, fearing that China would tap into users’ personal information. TikTok, on the other hand, is unwilling to cut ties with its parent company. Instead, to appease security concerns, the service proposed among other concessions to open itself up to external scrutiny in order to convince Washington officials to let ByteDance remain in charge. That proposal, which has been in the works for months, appears to have hit a snag.