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A Democratic senator has admitted that former President Donald Trump was right about the dangers posed by a popular social media app.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said that Trump was correct when he drew attention to the security concerns posed by the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok, specifically claiming that the app threatens Americans’ privacy.
“Well, I think Donald Trump was right. I mean, TikTok is an enormous threat,” Warner said. “So, if you’re a parent and you’ve got a kid on TikTok, I would be very, very concerned. All of that data that your child is inputting and receiving is being stored somewhere in Beijing.”
Warner is not the first public official to voice concerns that the app is being used by the Chinese government to steal Americans’ data.
On Nov. 2, CNN Business reported that FCC commissioner Brendan Carr had called for a ban on the app, citing concerns that China was using TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to steal Americans’ data. He compared it to other Chinese companies, such as Huawei and ZTE, who have been banned from the United States over similar concerns.
“For me, this is taking what I’ve learned in the Huawei, ZTE, China Mobile context, where we’re looking at possibly nefarious data flows, and bringing it to bear in terms of this issue,” Carr said.
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