The DOJ and FBI are investigating TikTok over allegations that employees spied on journalists

March 18, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and FBI are investigating TikTok, including previously disclosed allegations that the company's employees spied on journalists, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter said Friday. The investigation is being conducted by Justice Department prosecutors in Washington and in the Eastern District of Virginia, along with the FBI, the officials said. A ByteDance investigation found that the employees gained access to the IP addresses and other data of the reporters and some of their contacts connected to them through their TikTok accounts, Forbes reported. The federal investigation into ByteDance comes as concern over the security threats to Americans related to TikTok has intensified this week. Asked Friday if he believes TikTok represents a national security risk, Speaker Kevin McCarthy said, “Yes.”