FFC Commissioner requests removal of TikTok from App Stores

FFC Commissioner requests removal of TikTok from App Stores

In a letter to the CEOs of Apple and Alphabet Inc. (Google) dated 22 June 2022, Brendan Carr, the United States FCC Commissioner asks that the video-sharing app TikTok is removed from their respective app stores. Mr Car said that TikTok has collected vast amount of sensitive data about U.S. users (and assuringly Australian users) that could be accessed by ByteDance (TikTok’s parent company) staff in Beijing, China.

On Twitter Mr Carr further stated that:

“TikTok is not just another video app. That’s the sheep’s clothing,” Carr said on Twitter. “It harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports show are being accessed in Beijing.”

Brendan Carr

Is Apple and Alphabet legally required to abide by this request?

Unlikely. Given the FCC lacks jurisdiction governing Apple’s and Alphabet’s respective app stores. We will imagine that neither Apple or Alphabet will comply with this request.

Part of letter sent to Apple and Alphabet.

Read more here (external link).