Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top Republican on the
House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Representative James
Comer, top Republican on the Oversight Committee, wrote to
TikTok to say information provided in a staff briefing appeared
to be inaccurate.
"Some of the information TikTok provided during the staff
briefing appears to be untrue or misleading, including that
TikTok does not track U.S. user locations," the Republican
lawmakers said in a letter to TikTok Chief Executive Shou Zi
Chew and dated Tuesday.
TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Following election wins earlier this month, Republicans will
take control of the House in January. The letter could be a sign
of tough scrutiny they plan to apply to Chinese companies
including TikTok, a target of the Republican administration of
former President Donald Trump.
But the Democratic Biden administration has also expressed
concern about TikTok. FBI Director Christopher Wray said earlier
this month the Chinese government could harness the
video-sharing app to influence users or control their devices.
Among other questions, the lawmakers asked TikTok to provide
drafts of any agreement being negotiated with the Biden
administration to allow TikTok to remain active in the United
The U.S. government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the
United States (CFIUS), which reviews U.S. acquisitions by
foreign companies for potential national security risks, in 2020
ordered ByteDance to divest TikTok because of fears U.S. user
data could be passed on to China's communist government.
CFIUS and TikTok have been in talks for months aiming to reach a
national security agreement to protect the data of TikTok's more
than 100 million users.
President Joe Biden in June 2021 withdrew a series of Trump
executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of TikTok and
ordered the Commerce Department to conduct a review of security
concerns posed by the apps.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Alexandra Alper and
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