TikTok scrutiny shows heightened government focus on private data and national security ties

TikTok is a popular app on iOS and Android platforms, known for its catchy and viral-ready short-form videos.

But to Democratic and Republican lawmakers, as well as the Trump administration, the social media platform could also be a new tool in the Chinese government’s arsenal.

Owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, TikTok is the latest tech company to land on the radar of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an interagency body tasked with reviewing foreign investments in American companies to determine their national security implications.

Currently chaired by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, CFIUS historically examined investments in U.S.
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