The Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice are looking into allegations that the popular app failed to live up to the 2019 agreement aimed at protecting children’s privacy, according to two people interviewed by TikTok agencies.
The development is the latest bump on the road for the short video company, which is popular with teenagers. Tikotok has seen rapid growth in the United States, ranging from the National Security-focused Committee on Foreign Investment to the Chinese parent corporation.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the United States was “definitely watching” about the banning of Tikotok, suggesting that he shared information with the Chinese government, denying an allegation.
An employee of the Tech Policy Group of Massachusetts and another source said he participated in separate conference calls with officials from the FTC and the Department of Justice to discuss allegations that the Ticock failed on an agreement announced in February 2019 Was.
The Center for Digital Democracy, a commercial-free childhood campaign and others in May, asked the FTC to look into its allegations that Tiktok failed to remove videos and personal information from 13 years old and under because it was other Agreed to commit between violations.
A Ticketok spokesperson said they “take security seriously for all of our users”, adding in the United States that they “accommodate users under 13 in a limited application experience that is particularly tailored to younger audiences” Introduces additional security and privacy protection designed for. ”
Both FTC officials who reached the original consent agreement with Tektok and the Department of Justice, who often filed court documents for the FTC, met via video with representatives of the groups to discuss the matter, David Campaign for a commercial-free childhood with Mohan, a campaign manager.
“We understood from our conversation that they were looking into the claims that we had raised in our complaint,” Monahan said.
A second person, speaking privately, confirmed that TikTok violated the consent decree by advocating meetings with officials of the two agencies to discuss concerns.
The FTC declined to comment. The Department of Justice had no immediate comment.
Tiktok is becoming popular among American teenagers and allows users to make short videos. The company said last year that 60% of Tickcock’s 26.5 million monthly active users are 16 to 24 years old.
US lawmakers have also raised national security concerns over Tiktok’s handling of user data, saying they were concerned about Chinese laws that needed to support domestic companies and cooperate with the Chinese Communist Party.
Tiktok, owned by parent company ByteDance, is one of several China-based firms that have had to navigate US-China tensions over trade, technology and the COVID-19 epidemic.
Under intense US regulatory scrutiny, it has made Kevin Meyer of Disney its chief executive and is trying to build a more global image with offices in California, Singapore and elsewhere. (Reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington; Editing by Greg Rumeliotis and Echo Wang, Chris Sanders and Tom Brown in New York)
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