Wray spoke with Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Bill Burns, Commander of the US Cyber Forces (CYBERCOM) and Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) Gen. Paul Nikasone at a Senate Intelligence Committee session on global threats to the United States .
Responding to questions about Florida Senator Republican Marco Rubio’s TikTok sharing site, Wray noted that China can control the data of millions of users via TikTok, control the software on the devices they are installed on, and affect the approach of users to certain issues through the application.
Wray stated that he is not yet sure whether TikTok is used for this purpose.
Expressing that the difference between a private company and a public company is important for the USA, Wray stated that there is no dividing line between the private sector and the Chinese Communist Party.
“If you ask Americans if they would like to hand over all your data, control of your device and information to the Chinese Communist Party, most Americans will say no to you and say I’m done with it,” Wray said.
Stating that China can engage in many illegal activities, including espionage, IP theft, using supercomputers and artificial intelligence tools, Wray said, “This is data control to do all kinds of big data operations. This is software control to reach millions of devices.”
The previous day, CYBERCOM Commander and NSA Director General Nikasone expressed his concerns about TikTok at the Senate Armed Forces Committee.