TikTok Blasts Facebook As US Starts Probe

TikTok has launched a direct attack on Facebook, accusing it of being a “copycat” and trying to end TikTok’s presence in the United States under the guise of patriotism.

It comes as TikTok, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, faces fresh scrutiny. TikTok has long battled allegations that it is too close to the Chinese state – something it fiercely denies.

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said TikTok was now being reviewed over national security concerns, adding TikTok was being investigated by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which examines commercial transactions for national security concerns.

A recommendation would be made to President Donald Trump this week, he said. Mr. Trump has separately said that his administration was “thinking about” making a decision on the app later this week. It came shortly after TikTok published a firmly worded defense of its role in the United States.

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