US now investigating TikTok for violating children’s privacy agreement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission and the US Justice Department are looking into allegations that popular app TikTok failed to live up to a 2019 agreement aimed at protecting children’s privacy, according to two people interviewed by the agencies. TikTok has seen scrutiny, including from the national security-focused Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, rise sharply because of its Chinese parent corporation. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning TikTok, suggesting it shared information with the Chinese government, a charge it denied. The Justice Department had no immediate comment. About 60% of TikTok’s 26.5 million monthly active users in the United States are aged 16 to 24, the company said last year.

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