US Monthly Users On TikTok Rises To 150 Mln Now In From 100 Million In 2020

As opposed to the 100 million users it predicted it would have in 2020, TikTok reported on Monday that the short-video sharing app now has 150 million monthly active users in the United States.

Prior to TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s scheduled appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, the Chinese-owned app provided the statistic.

Bipartisan legislation to grant President Joe Biden new authority to impose a TikTok ban on national security grounds received the support of six more U.S. senators on Friday. TikTok claimed last week that the Biden administration had ordered its Chinese owners to sell their shares in the app or risk having the U.S. ban the app.

The app is under increasing pressure in Washington, including calls to outlaw it from many members of Congress who are concerned that U.S. user data may end up in the hands of the Chinese government. In September 2021, TikTok claimed to have more than 1 billion monthly users worldwide.

Mark Warner, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that he did not believe TikTok’s American data was secure and that he was cosponsoring legislation to give the administration more authority to ban TikTok.

“This notional idea that the data can be made safe under (Chinese Communist Party) law, just doesn’t, doesn’t pass the smell test.”

If protecting national security is the goal, divestment doesn’t solve the problem: a change in ownership would not impose any new restrictions on data flows or access, according to TikTok, which claimed to have spent more than $1.5 billion on rigorous data security efforts and rejects spying allegations.

The updated statistics demonstrate the app’s broad appeal, particularly among younger Americans. Gina Raimondo, the secretary of commerce, told Bloomberg News that prohibiting TikTok might have political repercussions. “The politician in me thinks you’re going to literally lose every voter under 35, forever,” she said.

This week, some TikTok content producers will visit Washington to argue against the app’s continued use.

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