The Federal Trade Commission and the US Justice Department are trying into allegations that well-liked app TikTok didn’t stay as much as a 2019 settlement aimed toward defending kids’s privateness, in line with two individuals interviewed by the businesses.

The improvement is the most recent bump within the highway for the brief video firm, which is well-liked with teenagers. TikTok has seen scrutiny, together with from the nationwide security-focused Committee on Foreign Investment within the United States, rise sharply due to its Chinese mother or father company.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned on Monday that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning TikTok, suggesting it shared information with the Chinese government, a cost it denied.

A staffer in a Massachusetts tech coverage group and one other supply mentioned they took half in separate convention calls with FTC and Justice Department officers to debate accusations that TikTok had didn’t stay as much as an settlement introduced in February 2019.

The Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and others in May requested the FTC look into their allegations TikTok didn’t delete movies and private details about customers age 13 and youthful because it had agreed to do, amongst different violations.

A TikTok spokesman mentioned they take “safety seriously for all our users,” including that within the United States they “accommodate users under 13 in a limited app experience that introduces additional safety and privacy protections designed specifically for a younger audience.”

Officials from each the FTC, which reached the unique consent settlement with TikTok, and Justice Department, which regularly information court docket paperwork for the FTC, met through video with representatives of the teams to debate the matter, mentioned David Monahan, a marketing campaign supervisor with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

“I got the sense from our conversation that they are looking into the assertions that we raised in our complaint,” Monahan mentioned.

A second particular person, talking privately, confirmed that advocates had met with officers from the 2 businesses to debate issues TikTok violated the consent decree.

The FTC declined to remark. The Justice Department had no speedy remark.

TikTok has grown rising well-liked amongst US youngsters and permits customers to create brief movies. About 60% of TikTok’s 26.5 million month-to-month lively customers within the United States are aged 16 to 24, the corporate mentioned final yr.

US lawmakers have additionally raised nationwide safety issues over TikTok’s dealing with of consumer information, saying they had been frightened about Chinese legal guidelines requiring home corporations assist and cooperate with the Chinese Communist Party.

TikTok, owned by mother or father firm ByteDance, is one in all a number of China-based companies which have needed to navigate heightened US-China tensions over commerce, expertise and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under intense US regulatory scrutiny, it has poached Disney’s Kevin Mayer to be its chief government and is attempting to venture a extra international picture, with workplaces in California, Singapore and elsewhere. (Reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington; Greg Roumeliotis and Echo Wang in New York; Editing by Chris Sanders and Tom Brown)

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