Biden says he sees TikTok as a 'matter of genuine concern'

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden is surrounded by microphones as he talks to reporters at the Duluth Airport prior to departure after presidential campaign stops in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S., September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

HERMANTOWN, Minn. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Friday he sees Chinese-owned TikTok as a “matter of genuine concern” and promised to review security risks surrounding the video-sharing app if elected.

The Trump administration will ban TikTok and another Chinese-owned application, WeChat, from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

“I think that it’s a matter of genuine concern that TikTok, a Chinese operation, has access to over 100 million young people particularly in the United States of America,” Biden told reporters at a campaign stop in Minnesota.

Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; writing by Simon Lewis; editing by Chris Reese