Washington: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.
In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said: “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at.”
US lawmakers have expressed national security concerns over the way TikTok handles users’ data, saying as per the Chinese laws, domestic companies should “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party”.
The comments were made by Pompeo when asked whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, ‘especially TikTok.’
Washington’s top diplomat added that Americans should only download the app ‘if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.’
Pompeo’s remarks also come amid increasing US-China tensions over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, China’s actions in Hong Kong and a nearly two-year trade war.
Notably, TikTok, a video app owned by China-based ByteDance, is not available in China. Of late, India has banned TikTok along with 58 other Chinese apps amid border tensions with China.