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Lawmakers say social media app TikTok could threaten national security

Lawmakers say China may be using social media TikTok to spy on Americans. (Source: TikTok/CNN)
Lawmakers say China may be using social media TikTok to spy on Americans. (Source: TikTok/CNN)(GIM)
Published: Oct. 25, 2019 at 5:29 AM EDT
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The popular video app TikTok is facing backlash in the United States. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle say TikTok might pose a national security risk.

They're calling on intelligence agencies and regulators to take a close look to the company's ties to China.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton say the app might be used to spy on Americans.

The Beijing-based TikTok is one of the few Chinese-owned social media apps to gain popularity in the U.S.

It was downloaded 177 million times last quarter, second only to WhatsApp worldwide.

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