TikTok emphasizes his independence from China but law makers are unsure

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – TikTok, a popular teenage video app, highlighted his independence from China in a letter to US makers. but he did not convince Senator Josh Hawley, who chaired the Tuesday hearing on citizens' personal data security.

TikTok, a unit of ByteDance Ltd based in Chinese, said in a letter to law makers, which saw Reuters a copy of, that it hired an audit firm based on the United States to analyze TikTok data security practices.

“TikTok argues that they don't store American user data in China. That's nice. But the main thing he takes is knocking on the door of his China-based parent company from a Communist Party official to transfer that data to the hands of the Chinese government, ”said Hawley, Republican, at a hearing from a sub-committee of the Senate Committee. Judges. t

Last week, Reuters reported that the US Foreign Investment Committee, or CFIUS, launched a national security review of TikTok.

In the letter, dated Monday and signed by TikTok U.S. General Manager, the company said that it stores all user data in the United States, with a backup redundancy in Singapore.

He also stated that he intends to establish a committee of external experts to advise on the moderation and transparency of content. He also said he would not accept political announcements.

Hawley claimed that executives from TikTok, who are only a few years old, gave evidence before the committee sworn, and they asked the company to threaten national security. Executives from TikTok did not attend a Tuesday hearing.

TikTok is becoming increasingly popular among US teenagers at a time of tension rising between Washington and Beijing on trade and technology transfers. About 60% of the monthly active users of TikTok are 26.5 million in the US between 16 and 24 years of age, the company said this year.

PHOTO FILE: The TikTok logo appears on a mobile phone screen in this picture diagram taken 21 February, 2019. Picture taken 21 February, 2019. REUTERS / Siddiqui / Illustration Danish

In his letter, TikTok said that its investors were mostly large institutional investors and that the app was not available in China.

The national security review is focused on the acquisition of $ 1 billion of US social media, Beijing ByteDance Technology.

While the acquisition of $ 1 billion was completed two years ago, US lawmakers have been calling for a national security probe in TikTok for some time, with concerns that the Chinese company could criticize politically sensitive material. , and raise questions about how it stores personal data.

Reporting by Diane Bartz, Edited by Rosalba Brien

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