An FCC commissioner is asking for the U.S. government to ban the popular TikTok app.
On Tuesday, an FCC commissioner called for a ban on TikTok due to how the China-owned app handles the data of its American users.
Brendan Carr claims the company doesn’t have the ability to secure the data of U.S.-based users.
According to Carr, there is not “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].”
Nonetheless, a TikTok spokesperson states that Carr is not a part of any negotiations with the government regarding the app.
“Commissioner Carr has no role in the confidential discussions with the U.S. government related to TikTok. And appears to be expressing views independent of his role as an FCC commissioner,” Brooke Oberwetter said.
She continued, “We are confident that we are on a path to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Government that will satisfy all reasonable national security concerns.”
The commissioner’s remarks come as TikTok engages in continuous negotiations with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. TikTok and the CFIUS are holding meetings to determine if the app can continue business in the U.S. if it is sold from its Chinese parent company to an American company.