Cut TikTok's Chinese Ties, GOP Sen. Urges Microsoft

Law360 (August 5, 2020, 7:45 PM EDT) -- A Republican senator warned Microsoft's top executive Wednesday that if the software titan gains control of TikTok, it must cut the popular video-sharing app's ties to the Chinese Communist Party or face U.S. government backlash over security risks.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a freshman conservative, wrote to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella with a raft of questions about reports that Microsoft is closing in on a TikTok takeover through one of several possible investment deals. The app is controlled by a Chinese multinational firm, ByteDance Ltd., which critics view as a proxy for China's regime.

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