US investigates TikTok for spying on US journalists

The US Department of Justice is investigating the Chinese company ByteDance, owner of TikTok, for spy on two american journalists covering the technology sector, published US media outlets.

The first to advance the information was Forbes magazine journalist Emily Baker-White, one of the two whose data was irregularly obtained by ByteDance employees, who were fired after the company recognized what happened, in December 2022.

According to Forbes, which cites sources linked to the investigation, the FBI is also conducting interviews about the incident, although it does not clarify whether the investigations are related.

The New York Times also confirmed this Friday the investigation of the US Department of Justice, which according to its sources was launched at the end of last year.

In December, the Chinese company said in a statement that it “strongly” condemned the employees’ actions and that they no longer worked for the company. In addition, he promised to cooperate with any investigation.

Employees allegedly accessed data such as journalists’ IP addresses and several of their contacts as they tried to determine whether documents and internal conversations had been leaked, reports The New York Times.

The news comes at a time when US authorities are toughening their stance on the TikTok social network, out of fears that it could be used to collect data that will end up with the Chinese government.

In February, the White House gave US federal agencies 30 days to remove the social network from all government electronic devices.

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