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Top U.S. cyber official says TikTok represents “strategic“ challenge

2023-03-27T21:20:19Z

The TikTok logo is pictured in Culver City, California, U.S., September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

The head of the U.S. National Security Agency’s cybersecurity directorate on Monday said TikTok represents a “strategic issue” rather than an immediate “tactical” threat to the United States.

Speaking at a policy conference in Northern California, Rob Joyce, director of cybersecurity for the spy agency, reiterated the agency’s earlier position that the Chinese-owned social networking app is akin to a “loaded gun” that the Chinese government could use to influence what information Americans see.

“Why would you bring the Trojan horse inside the fortress?” Joyce said at the conference.

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