The world’s most popular short video app continues to be in the crosshairs of politicians globally. On Monday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning TikTok over concerns that it could be used by the Beijing government as a surveillance and propaganda tool.
“Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replied when asked if he would recommend downloading the app.
Perhaps even more worrying for TikTok was his response to a potential ban on all Chinese apps: “I don't want to get out in front of the president, but it's something we're looking at.”
US considering ban on Chinese apps, including TikTok, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo https://t.co/FDU7SB8qzD— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 7, 2020
TikTok May be close to a ban in Australia too. https://t.co/fkFRREjRQU— Steve Conlon (@stevenconlon) July 5, 2020
Reminder, TikTok is owned by a Chinese company that includes Chinese Communist Party members in leadership, and it is required by Chinese law to share user data with Beijing. Time to ban it? Flashback 8 months ago. h/t @HawleyMO https://t.co/e4WhXwL0QU— Nick (@PoliticalShort) July 7, 2020
Every American must understand the risk from apps including @tiktok_us that are used by the Chinese Gov’t to spy on Americans.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) July 7, 2020
That’s why I introduced a bill that would ban TikTok on US government phones. I’m glad @SecPompeo & the Administration are taking this threat seriously. https://t.co/KZVWzZEpcl
China accuses India of violating WTO rules— Taiwan Formosa Club 🌐 (@taiwanformosan) July 6, 2020
But China has blocked FB, Google, Youtube, Netflix (US based companies) without feeling any violation of WTO rules. India does same to chinese apps, and suddenly rules got violated? Nice comedy, China!https://t.co/3vlUKuh0zf