The US government is considering a ban on TikTok, states Pompeo, secretary of state

On Monday,  Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State informed Fox News that the US is thinking of imposing a ban on Chinese social media apps such as the famous video-sharing app TikTok.  

 

Pompeo told: “We are taking this very seriously. We are certainly looking at it,” and he further added: “With respect to Chinese apps on peoples’ cellphones, the United States will get this one right too.”

 

Over the past few years, US lawmakers have become very concerned about TikTok’s management of user data and the association between its parent enterprise- the Beijing-based ByteDance and the Chinese government. Legislative authority asserts that TikTok could be pushed into delivering data or other intelligence to the Chinese Communist Party.

 

On Tuesday, A TikTok spokesman replied to Pompeo’s comments in a statement, stating “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”

 

In the past week, the Indian government declared that it would prohibit TikTok and several other well known Chinese-connected apps like WeChat over claims that they are “engaged in activities … prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India.” TikTok reacted to the Indian government’s declarations, saying, “TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government.”

 

Upon questioned if he would suggest the US inhabitants use TikTok, Pompeo answered Fox News saying, “Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

 

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