United States Attorney General Merrick Garland had a press conference on Monday to address “national security issues” along with some of the top Justice Department figures, stating that the US is chasing a “non-state actor” for malign influence schemes and alleged criminal activity.
The presser caused quite the stir, with rumors that the United States would be looking into banning ByteDance short-form video app TikTok, and the Hudson Institute’s Mohammed Alyaha claimed that there is chatter that TikTok would be banned.
This isn’t the first time that these rumors popped up, as back in July of this year FCC commissioner Brendan Carr called for tech giants Apple and Google remove TikTok’s app from their app stores, claiming it “presents a serious national security threat.”
This was following an explosive report from BuzzFeed that suggested the Chinese government was able to access private data from US consumers by using the TikTok app.
Garlans’ presser seemed in line with that thinking, as according to Reuters, “Garland and top law enforcement officials will announce U.S. action targeting ‘malign influence schemes and alleged criminal activity’ by a ‘nation-state actor”.
You can watch the presser below: