The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., wants the popular social media app TikTok pulled from app stores. According to a report from The Hill, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai believes that the app poses a national security risk due to its parent company’s ties to China.
Pai has reportedly sent letters to both Apple and Google, asking them to remove TikTok from their respective app stores. He is also said to be considering whether or not to recommend that the federal government ban employees from using the app on their devices.
While TikTok has been growing in popularity in recent years, it has also come under scrutiny for its handling of user data and privacy. In addition, there are concerns about the app’s potential to censor content that is critical of the Chinese government.
If TikTok is indeed banned in the United States, it would be a major blow to the company. However, it remains to be seen if Apple and Google will comply with Pai’s request.