TikTok CEO: Sale of app won't resolve security risks

Photo by: TikTok
Photo by: TikTok

(Washington, DC) -- The Biden administration is threatening to ban TikTok unless the app's Chinese owners sell their stakes in the company.

But TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew tells The Wall Street Journal a sale won't resolve America's national security concerns over the popular video app.

Chew says the demands for Chinese-owned ByteDance to sell its stake in TikTok won't offer any more protection than a plan the company proposed with U.S.-based company Oracle.

There's concern the company could harvest and supply sensitive data on U.S. users to the Chinese government.

Multiple state governments and Congress have banned the app from government devices.