A TikTok spokesperson confirmed Thursday that its parent company is weighing changes to its corporate structure.
“As we consider the best path forward, ByteDance is evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its TikTok business,” the spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN Business. “We remain fully committed to protecting our users’ privacy and security as we build a platform that inspires creativity and brings joy for hundreds of millions of people around the world. We will move forward in the best interest of our users, employees, artists, creators, partners, and policymakers.”
TikTok has previously said it stores US user data on US-based servers that are not subject to Chinese law. It also recently hired an executive from Disney to become its CEO, a move that could burnish its US credentials.
Although TikTok’s links to a private Chinese company are worthy of concern, said Lewis, the app simply wouldn’t be that useful for espionage.
“It’s right to be suspicious of the Chinese,” he said. “But I’m not sure TikTok is a good intelligence tool for them.”