Potential Legal Action On The Horizon Amid FTC’s TikTok Investigation

As the U.S. government continues to scrutinize the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, an investigation from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may soon lead to legal action against the app.

American lawmakers have been concerned about TikTok for some time now, citing serious national security concerns over the Chinese-owned app’s surveillance of American user data, as well as the effect TikTok has had on American youth. It has been proven that TikTok has spied on American journalists, with many noting that as a Chinese company, TikTok is forced by law to share all information it gathers with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The app has also been proven to be pushing dangerous ideologies on children and teenagers.

Amid these concerns, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been pushing the U.S. to ban TikTok entirely or force the company to divest from its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, and be sold to an American company.

Meanwhile, the FTC has been investigating TikTok over allegations that the Chinese-owned company violated federal law regarding data and security practices. This investigation is based on alleged violations of a federal law prohibiting “unfair and deceptive” business practices, as well as violations of provisions of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

In the probe, the government regulatory agency seeks to determine whether TikTok had lied to government officials in its claim that user data was not being shared with Chinese entities — as numerous whistleblowers have contended that TikTok’s supposed data protections are a sham, declaring that Americans’ data was still being accessed in China.


The FTC is also investigating whether TikTok is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires parental consent for the use of applications for minors under the age of 13. A similar law was recently signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), strengthening these rules by requiring all social media companies to obtain parental consent for users under 14 years of age.

The FTC has announced that the TikTok investigation is nearing its end, noting that they would soon decide whether to recommend a lawsuit against the company. If the government regulatory agency chooses to recommend the lawsuit, President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice must decide within 45 days whether to actually pursue legal action.

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