One of the Democratic Party’s prominent figures, Sen. Mark Warner, stated that former President Donald Trump was correct about the security threats associated with Chinese-owned TikTok.
In an interview with Shannon Bream on Fox News on Sunday, November 20, Warner, who is also the head of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said that the video-sharing app poses a serious threat to privacy of Americans.
In addition, he advised parents not to let their children download the app on their phones.
This is not the first time Warner has made such a comment.
As The Sydney Morning Herald reported, Warner shared the same concerns in a meeting with local intelligence chiefs, politicians, and business people, during his visit to Australia in October. “This is not something you would normally hear me say but Donald Trump was right on TikTok years ago.”
This time, Warner echoed by telling Bream, “Well, I think Donald Trump was right. I mean, TikTok is an enormous threat.”
He added, “So, if you’re a parent, and you’ve got a kid on TikTok, I would be very, very concerned. All of that data that your child is inputting and receiving is being stored somewhere in Beijing.”
According to data released by the Pew Research Center in August, the percentage of teenagers using TikTok has surged over the years, with 67% of those aged 13 to 17 saying they have used TikTok, while 16% stated their almost constant usage.
In addition to Warner, a series of U.S. politicians and officials have called for a crackdown on TikTok, such as FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
While Carr urged regulators to outlaw the app in the U.S., Wray warned that TikTok contributes to China’s status as the world’s top data thief of American data.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. is now examining TikTok to assess any potential threats to national security arising from transactions with foreign acquirers.