(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign ran Facebook (FB.O) ads this weekend claiming that the Chinese-owned short video app TikTok is spying on users.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about legislation for additional coronavirus aid in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
The ads link to a survey asking whether TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based tech giant ByteDance, should be banned in the United States. They also ask for respondents’ names and contact details.
“TikTok is spying on you,” claimed one ad. “TikTok has been caught red handed by monitoring what is on your phone’s clipboard,” it said.
TikTok is facing scrutiny in Washington over concerns that China could force the company to turn over its user data.
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States was “certainly looking at” banning