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DOJ accuses TikTok owner of being a 'mouthpiece' of Chinese Communist Party

Added 09-26-20 03:14:02pm EST - “The Justice Department claimed that the CEO of TikTok's parent company is "committed to promoting" the "agenda" of the Chinese Communist Party.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “DOJ accuses TikTok owner of being a 'mouthpiece' of Chinese Communist Party”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Justice Department filed a response to TikTok's request for an injunction to delay President Donald Trump's partial ban on the app that is scheduled for September 27, to be followed by a total ban on November 12. 

According to the DOJ's claims filed Friday night, the Justice Department lawyers accused TikTok parent company Byte Dance's CEO Zhang Yiming of acting as a "mouthpiece" for the Chinese Communist Party and publicly making statements that demonstrate he is  "committed to promoting the CCP's agenda and messaging," The Verge and NPR reported. 

The DOJ claimed that "US user data being stored outside of the United States presents significant risks in this case," but the section relevant to how this is the case is redacted, according to The Verge and NPR.

TikTok did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment regarding the DOJ's claims on Friday. 

TikTok's injunction is part of its lawsuit against the US government that was filed in late August, which claimed that Trump's executive orders that banned ByteDance from doing business with US companies ignored TikTok's right to "due process." The lawsuit also argued that the US government's claims that the app brought risked national security were not supported with evidence.

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