Years after former President Donald Trump raised national security issues over the social media app TikTok, which is uniquely popular among younger users, the unethical FBI now admits the app operates on behalf of the Chinese government, which “doesn’t share our [American] values.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray warned on Friday that Chinese officials have the ability to control TikTok’s recommendation algorithm “which allows them to manipulate content, and if they want to, to use it for influence operations.”
Wray made the comments during a speech at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he also said the app collects user data that the Chinese government could then access and use for traditional espionage operations.
“All of these things are in the hands of a government that doesn’t share our values, and that has a mission that’s very much at odds with what’s in the best interests of the United States. That should concern us,” Wray said.
Wray also told congress last month, “Communist China’s vast hacking program is the world’s largest, and they have stolen more Americans’ personal and business data than every other nation combined.”
He told lawmakers that the dangers of TikTok “include the possibility that the Chinese government could use it to control data collection on millions of users or control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used for influence operations if they so choose or to control software on millions of devices, which gives the opportunity to potentially tactically compromise personal devices.”
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) December 2, 2022
FBI Director Chris Wray is raising national security concerns about TikTok, warning that control of the popular video sharing app is in the hands of a Chinese government “that doesn’t share our values.” https://t.co/0i7cr1kLY1
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 2, 2022
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