A former executive at ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, revealed that the Chinese Communist Party has in fact been spying on Americans through data collected on TikTok.
The former executive says the Chinese Communist Party had "supreme access" to all data held by ByteDance, including information held on servers in the United States.
"Yintao 'Roger' Yu, a former head of engineering at ByteDance in the United States, says the CCP had a special office inside the company, called the 'Committee,' which monitored ByteDance and its TikTok subsidiary and 'guided how it advanced core Communist values,'" reported Breitbart.
Yu filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company in the Superior Court in San Francisco.
"The Committee maintained supreme access to all the company data, even data stored in the United States," reads Yu’s wrongful termination lawsuit.
Yu's suit also alleges that ByteDance supplied the CCP with user data via a backdoor channel.
The suit added that it didn’t matter where the in the world the data was located.
"Yu also said that he had witnessed ByteDnce being 'responsive to the CCP’s requests' to share, elevate, and even remove content. The former executive also described the Chinese tech company as 'useful propaganda tool' for Beijing’s communist leaders," according to Breitbart News.
Yu's lawsuit alleges that the Chinese company dismissed him after he flagged illegal activity.