Lawmakers worried TikTok app poses national security risk

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The video app TikTok is facing backlash.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle here say it 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 these apps might be used to spy on Americans.

TikTok is is based in Beijing and it’s one of the few Chinese-owned social media apps to gain popularity in the U.S. It was downloaded 177,000,000 times last quarter, second only to WhatsApp worldwide.

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