US mulls banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok: Pompeo
WASHINGTON (US) – The United States is ” certainly looking” at banning Chinese social media applications, including TikTok, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late on Monday.
“I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo told Fox News.
Lawmakers in the country have pointed to national security concerns over the Chinese application handling user data. They said they were worried about Beijing laws that required domestic firms to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party”.
Interestingly, the application is unavailable in China. It has sought to keep aloof from its Chinese origin in a bid to woo the global audience.
The secretary of state’s comments come in the wake of strained US-China ties over the handling of the pandemic and the controversial new legislation in Hong Kong. war.
India recently banned TikTok, which is a short-form video app owned by China-based ByteDance, along with 58 other Chinese apps after a bloody border clash between India and China.
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