Top DOJ official outlines ‘national security risks’ posed by TikTok and other Chinese apps

A top Justice Department official shed new light on threats the United States believes Chinese apps such as TikTok and WeChat pose to national security.

John Demers, the assistant attorney general of the National Security Division, discussed President Trump’s recent executive orders related to the Chinese-owned apps during a web interview with the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday, providing the most detail yet about the Trump administration’s thought process behind potentially banning next month the popular video-sharing social media app TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, and messaging app WeChat, which is owned Shenzhen-based Chinese global conglomerate Tencent.

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