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TikTok, the short-form video app your niece is obsessed with, could soon get an extreme makeover of its corporate structure as it confronts mounting criticism from politicians in the US over ties to its Chinese parent company.
ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, is based in Beijing. US politicians have raised concerns about TikTok as a potential national security risk, claiming that Chinese national security laws could give Beijing access to data on TikTok’s American users.
- President Donald Trump said his administration is “looking at” banning the app.
Of course, TikTok doesn’t want that (and TikTok’s 165 million US users don’t either). The company has already taken steps to mitigate security concerns by hiring an American CEO and beefing up its lobbying team in Washington D.C.
Now, to further distance its operations from Beijing, the company is considering creating a new management board for TikTok and establishing a separate headquarters for the app outside of China.
However, ByteDance still has a long way to go to convince its critics. And if TikTok is banned, American teens will have to find a new activity to occupy their quaran-time.