TikTok insiders say Chinese parent ByteDance is in control

Former TikTok employees say there is cause for concern when it comes to the popular social media app’s Chinese parent company.

They say ByteDance has access to TikTok’s American user data and is closely involved in the Los Angeles company’s decision-making and product development. 

Some cybersecurity experts worry that the Chinese government could use TikTok to spread propaganda or censorship to American audience, or to exercise influence over users who may come to regret what they posted on the service.