According to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), there is no evidence that the TikTok app is being used for espionage by Chinese intelligence services. Analysts from the organization told President Donald Trump, according to the report The New York Times.
The CIA was recently asked to investigate the threats of TikTok to national security. This would have resulted in a twofold conclusion: it is possible that the app is used to intercept data for Chinese espionage, but there is no concrete evidence that this has happened.
Critics have long feared that TikTok is an espionage tool for China. Appmaker ByteDance is located in the country and could hand over user data under pressure from the government.
While no evidence of such practices has been found, according to the CIA, Trump recently decided to ban the app anyway. On September 20, American companies are no longer allowed to trade with ByteDance, which means that the app must be removed from Apple Google’s app stores, for example.
The American TikTok ban can still be avoided if an American company buys some of the activities. Microsoft is currently in talks about its acquisition, which talks will run until September 15 at the latest.
TikTok has grown significantly in recent months. Worldwide, the app is used by 800 million people every month, according to data from Datareportal.