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The shopping app Temu, known for its controversial business practices, advertised during the Super Bowl again this year. The app has faced scrutiny for its low prices and potential scam operations, as well as concerns over cybersecurity and privacy.
The company has been the source of controversy and speculation since its launch in September 2022.
An April 2023 report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission raised concerns about Temu's business practices, including the low prices offered and the company's Chinese ownership and opaque corporate structure. Cybersecurity writer Kim Komando also wrote an article expressing concerns about the app, which has been widely shared on social media.
The fact that the prices offered are so low has led potential users to wonder whether the deals are real or part of a scam operation. The company's Chinese ownership and opaque corporate structure have also raised cybersecurity, privacy and national-security concerns.