Even lawmakers have expressed concerns that sometimes go further than those expressed by Trump and his officials.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who joined Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., in requesting a review of TikTok late last year, said Friday that he would support the sale of TikTok to an American owner but would introduce legislation that would set security standards for foreign apps operated in the United States.
“Moving forward, we must establish a framework of standards that must be met before a high-risk, foreign-based app is allowed to operate on American telecommunications networks and devices,” Rubio said.
Rubio and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., another prominent China hawk, both told the Financial Times that a potential sale of TikTok would not assuage their concerns about the app. Rubio said the company would still need to answer questions about how it stores user data.
“Until TikTok’s owners — regardless of who that might be — can answer these basic questions and get its story straight, I remain concerned about the company’s activities and reported ties to China,” Rubio told FT.