FCC Commissioner says U.S. government should ban TikTok

FCC commissioner, Brendan Carr, recently suggested in an interview with Axios that the U.S. government should ban TikTok.

In a recent interview with Axios, Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC), Brendan Carr (R), suggested that the U.S. government should ban TikTok. Following this statement, shares of social media companies like Snap and Meta spiked, with Snap up 3.4 percent and Meta up 2.2 percent.

“I don’t believe there is a path forward for anything other than a ban,” Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr explained in the Axios interview.

In regards to why he feels this way, Carr points to national security and privacy concerns such as U.S. data “flowing back to China” in addition to the risk of a “state actor using TikTok to covertly influence political processes in the United States.”

“There simply isn’t a world in which you could come up with sufficient protection on the data that you could have sufficient confidence that it’s not finding its way back into the hands of the [Chinese Communist Party],” Carr said.

Image of TikTok app on the phone against a black background
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This isn’t the first time Carr has been vocal about his concerns with TikTok as he’d previously sent letters to Apple and Google back in June requesting they remove the TikTok app from their digital stores for the similar reason of concerns regarding “data flowing back to China.”

Following Carr’s suggestion to ban the app, a spokesperson for TikTok reached out to Axios to deliver a statement noting that Commissioner Carr “has no role in the confidential discussions with the U.S. government related to TikTok” before suggesting that Carr “appears to be expressing views independent of his role as an FCC commissioner.”

The spokesperson for TikTok went on to indicate that TikTok “supports the passage of national data privacy legislation” and that it’s confident it’s on a path to “reaching an agreement with the U.S. government that will satisfy all reasonable national security concerns.”

Image of TikTok app on a phone being held by a hand amidst a purple background.
© TikTok, TechCrunch

Currently, as reported by outlets like CNBC, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) in the Treasure Department is responsible for reviewing any possible national security issues surrounding TikTok and the app’s owner, Chinese company ByteDance.

For more on this, be sure to read through the Axios interview and CNBC report. To brush up on similar news, check out some of our previous coverage as well including how one-quarter of U.S. adults under 30 get their news from TikTok, and how an Apple VP was asked to step down after making a joke on TikTok about “fondling big-breasted women.”

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    November 1, 2022 3:20 PM

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      November 1, 2022 6:37 PM

      The amount of data hoovered up by this video sharing app is both suspicious and worrisome. I'd be worried about it even if it wasn't developed and run by a Chinese company.

      Let's remember now: any meaningful business in China requires the tacit and ongoing approval of the CCP. That includes ByteDance.

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        November 1, 2022 11:44 PM

        And this is why my nobody in my family has an account.

        I've explained my concerns, and even my teen daughters are like "yeah, no thanks china"

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        November 2, 2022 12:10 AM

        So the only difference between the US and China is, one government demands data collection, and the the other ignores it; both profit!

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      November 1, 2022 7:57 PM

      I mean, duh?

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        November 1, 2022 8:01 PM

        I mean, without wanting to get too conspiratorial, I've been surprised it's taken this long given the situation. It almost made me wonder if there was some tacit quid pro quo in the sense of maybe they are collecting data, but our spooks can read it, and actually find it useful to get that intel without the official records (and yeah, I know how illegal that is. It still happens every time it can.)

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