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The FBI is now investigating TikTok for spying on U.S. journalists — as the popular video-sharing app faces a nationwide ban.
According to a report by Forbes, the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are investigating the events that led TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance to use the app to surveil American journalists.
Officials have subpoenaed information from ByteDance regarding efforts by its employees to access location data of a U.S. journalist using the TikTok app.
The DOJ Criminal Division, Fraud Section, is working alongside the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia on the case, reports Forbes.
In December, TikTok admitted that it used its app to spy on American reporters to track down their sources.