Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been lobbying president Donald Trump and other politicians, reportedly stoking their fears about Chinese viral video app TikTok’s existence in the US, according to a new report.
Zuckerberg “made the case to President Trump that the rise of Chinese internet companies threatens American business, and should be a bigger concern than reining in Facebook” in October last year, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal,
Zuckerberg also “discussed TikTok specifically” with a number of other US senators, the report claimed, and it was reportedly after that discussion that senators began raising concerns about its safety.
A Facebook spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that Zuckerberg could not recall discussing TikTok with Mr Trump.
Zuckerberg has previously spoken out against Mr Trump’s executive order, saying it would set a “bad long-term precedent”, but any harm against TikTok is likely to benefit his own properties.
This is due to the number of users who would swap from Apple’s iOS platform to Google’s Android if the app was removed from their phones.