Democratic senator raises concerns about Biden campaign’s decision to join TikTok

Written by David Shepherdson and Trevor Hunnicutt

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Monday that he was concerned about a decision by US President Donald Trump’s campaign. Joe Biden To join the short video app TikTok, while the White House said nothing has changed regarding the government’s national security concerns.

Democratic Senator Mark Warner He said he was concerned about the national security implications of Chinese-owned TikTok and the Biden campaign’s decision to join.

“I think we still need to find a way to follow India, which has banned TikTok,” Warner said on the sidelines of an event. “I’m a little worried about the mixed message.”

The White House indicated that the ban on the use of TikTok on government agencies, which Congress approved in late 2022, remains in place.

White House spokesman John Kirby said: “Nothing has changed with respect to national security concerns, from the (National Security Council’s) perspective, regarding the use of TikTok on government agencies. That policy remains in place.”

Reuters and other outlets reported that the US Treasury Department-led Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in March 2023 demanded that TikTok’s Chinese owners sell their shares, or face a possible ban on the app, but the administration took no action.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that the review by CFIUS is continuing, and noted that the White House previously supported legislation introduced by Warner and others to give the administration new tools to address threats posed by foreign-owned apps.

The Biden campaign said Sunday that it takes “advanced safety precautions around our devices and incorporates a cutting-edge security protocol to ensure security.”

(Reporting by David Shepherdson and Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Chris Rees and Jonathan Oatis)

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