The U.S. is “looking into” blocking Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, state secretary Mike Pompeo said Monday.
Pompeo mentioned the potential change during an interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News and added that “we take this very seriously.”
Ingraham asked Pompeo if the US would impose a ban on Chinese social media applications, “especially TikTok.”
“I can tell you that the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said, referencing Chinese applications on people’s mobile phones. “I don’t want to step out in front of the President [Donald Trump], so we’re looking at it.”
TikTok popularity in the US
The top diplomat in Washington said that people could use the software only “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Pompeo ‘s comments came at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and China, crossing over into many areas including global security, commerce and development.
TikTok — operated by Beijing-based company ByteDance — has been frequently attacked by US lawmakers. Who have accused the short-form video device of being a threat to national security due to its relations with China. We say the organization could be forced to “support and collaborate with Chinese Communist Party-controlled intelligence work.”
Earlier TikTok said it is working independently from ByteDance. It claims its data centers are completely outside of China, so none of those data are subject to Chinese regulations. According to TikTok, US app data storage in the USA, with a backup in Singapore. In May, a group spokesman told CNN Business that it considers the national security issues are “extreme.”
The app has grown in popularity in the U.S. and other western countries. And it has been the first Chinese social media site to achieve major traction for consumers outside their home countries. According to analytics firm Sensor Tower. It has 315 million downloads in the first three months of this year. More quarterly updates than any other app in history.