BPR: As the U.S. government intensifies its scrutiny of TikTok, the social media company linked to China is reportedly beefing up its lobbying team in response.
Newly hired staffers in the company’s public policy office include former aides to top Democrats in government as the popular app and its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, continue to expand lobbying efforts amid threats of a looming ban by the Trump administration, CNBC reported.
Use of the video sharing app has skyrocketed as adolescents and young adults have increasingly turned to it in the last few months in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. But TikTok has also gotten the attention of lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle who have raised concerns about its connections to China. read more