(hill) – One of five FCC commissioners called on Congress to ban TikTok over concerns that user data could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.
“I don’t think there is any way forward other than a ban,” said FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. In an interview with Axios published on Tuesday.
“There simply isn’t a world where you can protect your data enough to be confident enough that it won’t fall back on [Chinese Communist Party],” Carr wrote.
TikTok is owned by China-based ByteDance. Karl, appointed by former President Trump, wrote a letter Earlier this year, Apple and Google asked the tech giants to remove TikTok from their app stores over concerns over data collection.
TikTok, which has tens of millions of users in the United States, has surged in popularity as other social media platforms struggle to maintain strong growth.
According to Axios, TikTok has been in talks with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in an effort to spin off ByteDance and become its own entity.
Since the Trump administration failed to impose a ban on the social media platform in 2020, suspicions have grown about the app’s ties to the Chinese government.
group of Senate Republicans wrote a letter Earlier this year, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen voiced their concerns about TikTok, saying the Biden administration is not taking the social media platform’s national security threat seriously.
Hill has reached out to TikTok about Carr’s remarks.
In a statement to Axios, a TikTok spokesperson said the FCC commissioner had no role in current discussions between the company and the U.S. government.
“We believe we are working on an agreement with the U.S. government that will address all legitimate national security concerns,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement.