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Schumer says 'safe way' must be found for TikTok to continue

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday called for an American company to purchase Chinese-owned video app TikTok in order to protect users’ data, saying “a safe way must be found for TikTok to continue.”

“A U.S. company should buy TikTok so everyone can keep using it and your data is safe,” Schumer said in a tweet, adding: “This is about privacy. With TikTok in China, it’s subject to Chinese Communist Party laws that may require handing over data to their government.”

Reporting by Susan Heavey, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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