In December, ByteDance identified four employees who used TikTok to spy on the whereabouts of two journalists. now, forbes That the FBI and the Justice Department are investigating the incident.
News of the investigation comes as ByteDance faces mounting pressure on TikTok. The company confirmed that US officials say TikTok could be banned in the US if ByteDance doesn’t separate it from its video app.
Critics of TikTok in Congress have previously questioned the app’s surveillance tactics, particularly in light of ByteDance’s perception that employees improperly accessed data of US users. unknown, but forbes, ByteDance has received a subpoena from the DoJ. The FBI also conducted interviews related to this issue, but it is not clear if the two were part of the same investigation.
A ByteDance spokesperson said in a statement that it “strongly condemns the actions of the individuals found to be involved and that they are no longer employed by ByteDance.” If you bring ”