The secretary’s remarks came as India suspended the use of TikTok on Tuesday as part of a broader ban on dozens of Chinese apps released as part of a military standoff between the two countries.
The app, owned by Beijing-based tech company ByteDance, has also sparked skepticism from government officials in Australia, as well as members of Congress in the United States – where major social media platforms have been criticized for the spread of misinformation and speech regulation.
The Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Rick Scott of Florida introduced legislation in March that would ban federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued desk phones.
In May, more than a dozen Democrats from the powerful House of Commons Energy and Trade Committee joined calls to the Federal Trade Commission to investigate enforcement for alleged protection law violations. children’s online privacy.
Meanwhile, TikTok has widened its lobbying footprint in Washington in an effort to counter scrutiny, by hiring former lawmakers to be part of a team advising the application on developing a comprehensive approach to filter objectionable videos and otherwise moderate the content of its users.