A leader of the Federal Communications Commission U.S said that he has asked Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their app stores due to security concerns associated with Chinese apps.
The popular video-making app is the Chinese company ByteDance, which faced scrutiny during the tenure of President Donald Trump.
Brendan Carr, one of the FCC’s commissioners, shared through Twitter a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. The letter directed to reports and other advancements that made TikTok non-compliant with the two companies’ app store policies.
Alphabet, TikTok, and Apple did not respond to CNBC’s request for comments.
Carr’s letter, dated June 24 on FCC letterhead, remarks that if Apple and Alphabet do not get rid of TikTok from their app stores, they should offer statements to him by July 8.
Carr’s letter highlighted a BuzzFeed News report from earlier in the month that said recordings of TikTok employee statements indicated engineers in China had access to U.S data between September 2021 and January 2022.
the same day On June 17, as the BuzzFeed report, TikTok announced that it was routing all U.S user traffic to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and was moving U.S users’ private data from its own data centers in the U.S and Singapore to Oracle cloud servers in the U.S.