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TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say

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TikToks logo at an art-creation forum last week in Beijing.

The code underlying TikTok does not pose a national security threat to the U.S., according to a study by University of Toronto cybersecurity researchers.

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Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab in Canada said TikTok's underlying computer code does not pose a national security threat to the U.S.

The researchers said a technical analysis of the app, owned by China's ByteDance Ltd., found no evidence of "overtly malicious behavior."

Although they determined that TikTok's data collection practices are no more intrusive than Facebook's, the researchers acknowledged there could be security issues they did not uncover.

Further, ByteDance could be forced to turn data over to the Chinese government under the country's national security laws.

ByteDance said it was committed to working with authorities to resolve their concerns.

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