US FCC commissioner urges CEOs of Apple, Google to boot TikTok from app stores

US FCC commissioner urges CEOs of Apple, Google to boot TikTok from app stores

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A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission has urged the chief executives of Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to kick Chinese-owned TikTok out of its app stores.

Brendan Carr, the FCC commissioner, said in a letter to the CEOs, dated June 24 and sent on FCC letterhead, that video-sharing app TikTok has collected vast troves of sensitive data about U.S. users that could be accessed by ByteDance staff in Beijing. ByteDance is TikTok’s Chinese parent.

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