TikTok has provided more information to U.S. lawmakers about how it restricts Chinese access to American data after years of increasing pressure. This was in a Thursday letter.

Shou Zi Chew, TikTok's CEO, explained how the company would separate American user data and ByteDance (TikTok's Chinese parent).

Chew also described TikTok's plan to store American user data on Oracle servers. This plan was first reported by BuzzFeed News last week.

Chew wrote, "We are proud to be in a position to serve a global community more than a million people who use TikTok creatively express themselves and entertain themselves," as The New York Times reported.

We know that we are one of the most scrutinized platforms in terms of security, so we strive to eliminate doubts about the security and privacy of U.S. user information.

BuzzFeed News had reported that ByteDance engineers from China had access to U.S. data as of late January 2022. Republican senators questioned Chew in a June letter about his data security practices.

In addition, Sens. Roger Wicker (R–M.S.) and Marsha Blackburn (R–T.N.) raised concerns that TikTok officials had "not provided truth or forthright answers" at a recent hearing of the committee in light of this report.

Blackburn issued a statement requesting TikTok's testimony before Congress in response to Chew's Thursday letter.

Blackburn stated, "TikTok's response confirms our fears about CCP influence in the company." They should have been honest from the beginning, but instead, they tried to hide their work in secrecy.

Americans should know that Communist China knows their details if they're on TikTok. TikTok must testify in front of Congress.

Republicans have expressed concern about TikTok's popularity among American users since 2020. They accuse the app of sharing U.S. data directly with the Chinese government. 

As a result, Trump signed an executive order in late August 2020 that effectively banned TikTok from the U.S. Federal judges repeatedly rescinded the order, but Republicans continued to press against it.

Brendan Carr, a Republican commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, requested that Apple and Google remove TikTok's app stores as late last month.

Although the FCC doesn't have the power to ban apps from their stores, Carr requested statements from tech companies if they decided not to.