The United States Department of Justice is investigating ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, for spying on American citizens, including several journalists.
ByteDance is based in Beijing, headquartered in the Cayman Islands and said to be close with Communist Chinese government.
The company admitted in December that they had inappropriately acquired the data of American users of TikTok, including at least two reporters, according to the New York Times.
The Justice Department declined comment on the investigation.
The news broke the same day a bipartisan group of six senators backed legislation to give President Joe Biden new powers to ban
The United States Department of Justice is investigating ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, for spying on American citizens, including several journalists
Earlier this month, 12 senators led by Democrat Mark Warner and Republican John Thune unveiled legislation backed by the White House to give the Commerce Department new powers to address TikTok that has more than 100 million U.S. users.
The announcement comes after TikTok said this week the Biden administration demand its Chinese owners divest their stake in the company or it could face a potential U.S. ban.
This is a developing story.
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