This week, New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is known for her outspokenness, was reportedly under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. She also refused to confirm or deny whether she still uses TikTok, which the FBI has warned could be a security threat.
During an Instagram Live video last year, she said that she had an account on TikTok, but she did not share her handle. The platform has been criticized due to how the Chinese Communist Party uses it to collect data on users. According to Fox News, this could allow the party to influence what Americans see on TikTok.
A representative of the lawmaker would not confirm or deny the existence of her TikTok account. Fox News also noted that the platform has been criticized due to how it can be used by the Chinese Communist Party to collect data on users. It has been reported that the platform's algorithm can be manipulated to further the party's geopolitical interests.
During a live video on Instagram in June 2021, she said that she had a secret account on TikTok. She did not reveal what it was, but she said that she was "just lurking."
Last week, Christopher Wray, the FBI's director, warned about how Chinese officials could easily manipulate the TikTok algorithm to influence content. He noted that these officials could also use this tool to carry out influence operations.
During a speech at the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy, which is a part of the University of Michigan, the FBI's director warned about how the platform could be used by the Chinese government to carry out espionage operations.
During his speech, the FBI director warned about how the platform could be used by the Chinese government to carry out espionage operations. He noted that the country's government doesn't share its values and has a mission that conflicts with what's best for the country.
Despite the Pentagon's ban on TikTok, officials can still use it on personal devices. On Wednesday, Todd Rokita, the Republican attorney general of Indiana, announced two lawsuits against the platform. One of these claims that TikTok has been luring children through its misleading representations.
The second lawsuit, which was filed by the attorney general of Indiana, claims that TikTok has been collecting personal data and sensitive information about its users in order to provide them with a better experience.
In a statement, Rokita noted that TikTok has a clear and present danger to Indiana residents. He said that the company should provide the public with the necessary information about its operations and how it collects and uses data.