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Does TikTok Pose a National Security Risk? Some Members of Congress Worry It Might

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Given TikTok’s massive success in the U.S., you may not know that a Chinese company actually owns the social media app — a fact that led two senators to call for an investigation into the video platform on Oct. 23.

In a letter sent to U.S. intelligence officials, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), both of whom are considered senior members of Congress, expressed concern over TikTok’s data collection methods and possible subjection to China’s strict censorship rules.

"With over 110 million downloads in the U.S. alone, TikTok is a potential counterintelligence threat we cannot ignore," the senators wrote. "Given these concerns, we ask that the Intelligence Community conduct an assessment of the national security risks posed by TikTok and other China-based content platforms."

If you’re a fan of the app, here are a few things you should know about the controversy.