The US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that the US is planning on banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.
Pompeo announced during an interview with Fox News where he added it was an urgent and serious matter.
When asked Laura Ingraham, whether the US had plans of prohibiting Chinese social media apps like TikTok,
“I respect people’s phones when it comes to Chinese apps available. However, I won’t go before the President and make an announcement, but it’s something we’re looking at,” stated Pompeo.
Top Washington’s diplomat added that Americans needed to take responsibility regarding the app unless they wanted their information available to Chinese communists.
Following Pompeo’s remarks, a TikTok spokesperson said the Chinese app was under the operation of an American CEO, residing in the United States with responsibility for security measures.
He added that they prioritized the security of each of their user above anything else. They additionally haven’t provided any day to any Chinese body since beginning their operations.
The Secretary of State remarks come during a heightened tension between China and the US following the coronavirus.
US politicians have continually criticized TikTok, a Beijing-based startup ByteDance. The US says the app poses a threat to its national security.
It’s alleged that the company may be coerced into cooperating and supporting original works led by the communist party.
However, in a previous statement, TikTok said it operates separately from Bytedance. On the other hand, all its data runs in the US with their backup in Singapore.
The company’s spokesperson said all the United States based its claim on unfounded speculations. Currently, the app boasts of popularity in the US and other western countries.
According to analytics company Sensor Tower, people downloaded the app 315 million times in 2020’s first quarter.
Also, in India last week, the government said it would forbid the app. This came after the clash with Chinese at the Himalayan border.