Video streaming app TikTok is accused of violating child protection laws in the top five non-gaming iPhone apps due to its popularity among U.S. teens, possibly placing them at risk from predators.
Furthermore, in a new lawsuit, it is claimed that the app sends personal data to China, despite promising not to.
Thousands of parents are said to have complained to Musical.ly developer that their children used the app without their consent and that the app made it easy for adults posing as children to send inappropriate messages to minors.
Reuters notes that, despite assurances to the contrary, the complaint also accuses TikTok of sending personal data to China.
TikTok told Gizmodo it was expecting the lawsuit to be settled.
TikTok is one of several Chinese apps and services under U.S. lawmakers ‘ scrutiny. The company agreed to pay the FTC a $5.7M fine earlier this year after agreeing in an unrelated case to violating child protection laws.