Listen: Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones (R-San Diego) and members of his California Senate Republican Caucus today announced the deactivation of the leader’s TikTok account as well as the TikTok account used by the caucus.
Top national security officials in the Biden Administration are sounding the alarm about TikTok and its China-based parent company, ByteDance. Under Chinese law, ByteDance is required to make the app’s data available to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Among other things, security officials note the app could influence users through algorithms, track users, and collect data for espionage purposes.
“I am calling on Governor Newsom to follow national bipartisan efforts and deactivate his TikTok account in order to protect our state’s and country’s national security. California recently experienced a cyber-data breach, and we cannot have our state’s top leader potentially undermining our cybersecurity,” stated Leader Jones.