The FBI is now investigating TikTok for spying on U.S. journalists — as the popular video-sharing app faces a nationwide ban.
According to a report by Forbes, the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are investigating the events that led TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance to use the app to surveil American journalists.
Officials have subpoenaed information from ByteDance regarding efforts by its employees to access location data of a U.S. journalist using the TikTok app.
The DOJ Criminal Division, Fraud Section, is working alongside the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia on the case, reports Forbes.
TikTok confirmed that ByteDance tracked multiple journalists covering the app, accessing their data and locations to see if they had been in the same area as employees suspected of leaking confidential information. ByteDance fired four employees following the incident.
“We have strongly condemned the actions of the individuals found to have been involved, and they are no longer employed at ByteDance,” ByteDance spokesperson Jennifer Banks previously said.