The US investigates TikTok for spying on journalists | The USA Print

The US investigates TikTok for spying on journalists

The United States Department of Justice would be investigating the Chinese company ByteDance, owner of TikTokfor spying on two journalists Americans who cover the technology industry, as published in the last few hours by various media outlets in the North American country.

The first to advance the information was the journalist Emily Baker-White, from Forbes, one of the two communicators whose data was obtained irregularly by several ByteDance employees, who were fired after the company itself recognized the event, in December. from last year.

According to the outlet, which cites sources with knowledge of the investigationthe FBI has also conducted interviews about what happened, although it does not clarify whether both investigations are related.

The New York Times newspaper confirmed this Friday the investigation of the Department of Justice, which according to their sources was launched at the end of last year.

In December, the Chinese company said in a statement that it “firmly” condemned the actions of the employees and that they no longer worked for the company. In addition, he promised to collaborate with any investigation that could trigger the event.

The employees allegedly accessed data such as the IP addresses of both journalists and of several of his contacts while trying to determine if there had been leaks of documents and internal conversations, collects The New York Times.

The news comes at a time when the US and European authorities are hardening their position regarding the social network TikTokfor fear that it could be used to collect data that ends up in the hands of the Chinese government.

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Last February, both the European Commission and the Council of the European Union announced that they will veto the popular application from official mobile devices, after which the White House gave US federal agencies 30 days to remove the social network from all devices. government electronics.

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