Leadership of short video app TikTok has declined to testify at a congressional hearing that will explore privacy and security concerns brought by social platforms and their ties to Beijing, The Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: As TikTok’s influence becomes more widespread, suspicion about its content filtering and privacy protection practices has also began to emerge, prompting regulators around the world to scrutinize the platform for potential security risks.

Beijing-based Bytedance, the owner of TikTok, has denied all accusations and maintained that TikTok stores user data locally and does not censor content at the request of the Chinese government.

Details: The hearing was organized by Republican Senator John Hawley and is set for Tuesday.

In addition to covering privacy and security concerns, the session will also focus on China’s domestic censorship rules.

TikTok’s decision came just a day after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States opened a probe to investigate the platform’s acquisition of Musical.ly in 2017 for potential national security threats.

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