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FILE PHOTO: TikTok logo is displayed on the smartphone while standing on the U.S. flag in this illustration

Chinese company ByteDance denies reports that it’s considering selling stake in TikTok as the company looks to repair its image in the US

ByteDance said that rumors of selling TikTok stake were "without merit." TikTok faces concerns in the US over possible ties to the Chinese government.
A man walks past a TikTok sign at the International Artificial Products Expo in Hangzhou, China, on October 2019.

TikTok-owner ByteDance is reportedly mulling a sale of the hit app as US lawmakers raise national security concerns

US lawmakers have called for investigations of the app and its parent company, saying its handling of user data represents a national security threat.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley.

Apple and TikTok skipped a Senate hearing on Big Tech and China, and empty seats show lawmakers aren’t pleased

Microsoft sent an executive to the hearing, but Apple and TikTok were notably absent after criticisms this year.
Sen. Marco Rubio.

Sen. Marco Rubio is asking the US government to investigate TikTok over claims it’s censoring content that might upset China

This follows a recent report on internal documents showing TikTok instructed moderators to censor content likely to anger the Chinese government.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Marco Rubio, an outspoken critic of China, says Trump’s call for it investigate Joe Biden was not a ‘real request’

"I don't think it's a real request," Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said to reporters on Friday. His GOP colleague, Sen. Ben Sasse, strongly disagreed.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019.

Pompeo warned Trump would be an ‘authoritarian president’ in 2016. Now he’s one of Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisors

Mike Pompeo was a harsh critic of Donald Trump in 2016 before he went on to become Trump's CIA director and then secretary of state.
President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

How the Trump administration got into a showdown with Iran that could lead to war

The Trump administration has rejected suggestions it's moving toward war after deploying military assets in response to unspecified threats.
Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.

Sen. Marco Rubio goes on a tweetstorm after being seen ‘smiling and chuckling’ at Trump’s campaign rally

"Very strange, for those of who covered 2016 campaign, to see [Sen.] Marco Rubio smiling and chuckling in this audience."
The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016.

Twitter apologized for suspending accounts of Chinese government critics ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

Twitter came under fire after accounts of critics of the Chinese government were shut down ahead of anniversary protests at Tiananmen Square.
Migrants, mostly from Central America, wait to board a van which will take them to a processing center, on May 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.

The Trump administration plans to send thousands of migrants to 2 Florida counties, and officials are wondering if it’s to punish Democrats

Florida officials announced that the Trump administration will move thousands of migrants to Florida counties with no plan for how to care for them.