FCC Commissioner Calls for TikTok Ban

FCC Commissioner Calls for TikTok Ban

FCC Commissioner Calls for TikTok Ban

CNN Business

The US government should ban TikTok rather than sign a national security agreement with the social media app that could allow it to continue operating in the United States, Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr said.

A spate of news stories this year about TikTok’s handling of US user data has given Carr “a little confidence that there’s a way forward,” he told CNN in a phone interview on Tuesday. “Maybe the CFIUS deal that ends up being cut is an amazing, airtight deal, but right now I have a very, very hard time looking at TikTok’s behavior thinking that we’re going to cut a technical structure that they’re not find far away”:

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a multi-functional government body responsible for reviewing foreign-owned business transactions, has been negotiating a proposal with TikTok for months to address concerns that Chinese state authorities may seek access. TikTok data. applies to US citizens. This year, the company announced that it had moved its US user data to servers managed by Oracle, but concerns remain over whether TikTok’s China-based employees or its parent ByteDance will still be able to access that information. Those bipartisan concerns were raised again in September, when TikTok came under pressure from US lawmakers refused to comply to stop the flow of data to China.

“Commissioner Carr has no role in or direct knowledge of the confidential discussions with the US government regarding TikTok and is not in a position to discuss what those discussions entail,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement to CNN. “We are confident that we are on track to reach an agreement with the US government that will satisfy all reasonable national security concerns.”

Carr, who spoke to CNN from Taiwan on the first visit to the country by an FCC official, said he had not met with CFIUS member agencies or the White House to raise specifics, though he added that the topic could have arisen by accident. in the background of other ordinary discussions.

Carr’s call for a TikTok ban was first reported Axiosand remarks expand upon him earlier calls for Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their respective app stores.

Carr acknowledged that as an FCC official, his ability to regulate TikTok is limited. CFIUS, the Commerce Department or the Federal Trade Commission may have greater legal authority over the company, he said.

However, Carr said his call for a TikTok ban reflected “a natural progression of my thinking” and was informed by his own agency’s work to limit China’s influence over US telecommunications networks. The FCC has has taken many steps block or ban access to China-affiliated telecommunications companies sale of equipment or services in the United States, amid claims that those companies may also be forced to give up data they hold on U.S. communications to the Chinese government.

“For me, this is taking what I’ve learned in the context of Huawei, ZTE, China Mobile, where we’re looking at potential insidious data flows, and applying it to this issue,” Carr said.

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