According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US is considering banning the famous Chinese application TikTok.
When a reporter asked Pompeo whether he would recommend downloading TikTok he said, “Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” he replied.
Asked if he would ban Chinese apps – including TikTok – he said: “I don’t want to get out in front of the president, but it’s something we’re looking at”.
The huge Chinese social media company has had downloads over two billion and seen tremendous growth in the last three years. This news is a cause of concern for the Chinese social media company.
TikTok seems to be facing backlash not only in the US but in other countries around the world. Also Read– Facebook takes down posts by President Trump
The management is realizing that being an international tech giant and Chinese isn’t a favorable combination in present day.
India bans 50 Chinese apps including TikTok
After a border skirmish two weeks ago between Indian and Chinese forces which left 30 Indian soldiers dead, India banned several Chinese apps. The clash was allegedly very gruesome, with hand-to-hand combat.
Pompeo said he approved of India’s move to ban the apps, he said, “they serve as appendages of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state.”
The former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley commended the country for its action against China, “Good to see India ban 59 popular apps owned by a Chinese firm.”
The suspicion started from Huawei, says James Sullivan, head of cyber research at British security thin-tank Rusi.
“Huawei is the test case,” he says. “It’s probably the start of a trend in the West where sanctions will seek to squeeze, or even sink, large Chinese tech companies”
These accusations and restrictions have made TikTok very nervous. The company is trying hard to distance itself from China.
On Monday, TikTok announced it would quit Hong Kong “within days” due to the National Security Law was introduced.
Mr. Mayer the COO of ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok wrote a letter to the Indian government.
“I can confirm that the Chinese government has never made a request to us for the TikTok data of Indian users,” he said.
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“If we do ever receive such a request in the future, we would not comply.”