In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, July, 2020

US Govt Reveals Plans To Ban TikTok And Different Chinese language Social Media Apps Over Nationwide Safety Issues

US Govt Reveals Plans To Ban TikTok And Other Chinese Social Media Apps Over National Security Concerns


Mike Pompeo

The US authorities is ‘taking a look at’ banning TikTok and different Chinese language social media apps over nationwide safety issues.

Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of state instructed the transfer throughout an interview with Fox Information’ Laura Ingraham on Monday, July 6.

When requested by Ingraham whether or not america needs to be contemplating a ban on Chinese language social media apps, “particularly TikTok.”

He stated: “With respect to Chinese language apps on folks’s cell telephones, I can guarantee you america will get this one proper too, Laura. I do not wish to get out in entrance of the President [Donald Trump], nevertheless it’s one thing we’re taking a look at.”

Washington’s prime diplomat added that folks ought to solely obtain the app “if you need your personal data within the arms of the Chinese language Communist Celebration.”

His remark comes after US lawmakers raised nationwide safety issues over TikTok’s dealing with of consumer knowledge, accusing the short-form video app of being a menace to nationwide safety due to its ties to China. Additionally they allege that the corporate could possibly be compelled to “help and cooperate with intelligence work managed by the Chinese language Communist Celebration.”

Reacting to Pompeo’s feedback, a TikTok spokesperson stated in a press release: “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with a whole bunch of staff and key leaders throughout security, safety, product, and public coverage right here within the US. We’ve got no larger precedence than selling a protected and safe app expertise for our customers. We’ve got by no means supplied consumer knowledge to the Chinese language authorities, nor would we achieve this if requested.”

Final week, the Indian authorities banned 59 Chinese language cell purposes, together with prime social media platforms equivalent to TikTok, Helo, and WeChat, to counter the menace posed by these purposes to its “sovereignty and safety”.

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TikTok is owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance.


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