TikTok Lobbyists Repeatedly Scored Visits To Biden White House

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 20: The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok office on December 20, 2022 in Culver City, California. Congress is pushing legislation to ban the popular Chinese-owned social media app from most government devices. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Lobbyists for TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance have enjoyed a cozy relationship with President Joe Biden‘s White House, all while lawmakers ramp up efforts to crack down on the app over national security concerns, according to records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.
  • National security experts have long sounded the alarm over TikTok, which admitted in December 2022 that ByteDance spied on American journalists. China’s government owns an at least 1% stake in the Beijing-based ByteDance, which former employees have said feeds information to the Chinese Communist Party.

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