FBI Director Christopher A. Wray speaks to the media during a news conference at FBI Headquarters, on June 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Wray told Congress Tuesday that he is “extremely concerned” about the threat posed by the Chinese government’s ownership of TikTok. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

FBI director says he’s ‘extremely concerned’ about China’s ability to weaponize TikTok

Christopher Wray said China could control TikTok's algorithm to support anti-American information operations, posing a serious risk.
The TikTok logo is pictured at the company’s booth during the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba prefecture on Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo by YUICHI YAMAZAKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Banning TikTok won’t protect Americans’ sensitive data

Banning TikTok because of its Chinese owners leaves policymakers playing a game of whack-a-mole instead of focusing on privacy legislation that matters. 
From left, Chris Cox, chief product officer for Meta, Neal Mohan, chief product officer for YouTube, Vanessa Pappas, chief operating officer for TikTok, and Jay Sullivan, general manager of Bluebird Twitter, are sworn in during a US Senate Homeland Security hearing regarding social media’s impact on homeland security and disinformation on September 14, 2022. The executives are under fire for the vast amount of disinformation on their platforms, but they say if the Supreme Court upholds Texas and Florida laws seeking to ban them from curating content the problem will grow much worse. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Senators slam social media companies for failure to keep disinformation from going viral

Tech executives say they are working hard to fight disinformation, but lawmakers and critics say they simply aren't doing enough.