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US urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores

US urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores

A head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission recently stated that he has asked Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores for China-related data security concerns.

The widely used short video app is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, which faced U.S. control during Trump's time.

Brendan Carr, one of the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, shared on Twitter a letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. The letter showed reports and other developments that made TikTok inconsistent with the two companies' app store policies.

"TikTok is not what it looks like on the surface. It's not just an app to share funny videos or memes. At its core, TikTok functions as a sophisticated surveillance tool that collects large amounts of personal and sensitive data. ”