Is the US planning to ban TikTok as well?
Following Pompeo's statement, a TikTok spokesperson argued against the decision to ban TikTok in the US.
The State Secretary of the United States, Mike Pompeo, issued a statement stating that the United States is considering banning Chinese social media applications, including TikTok. In a recent interview with the Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, he commented on the decision to ban TikTok:
With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura. I do not want to get it out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but we’re looking at it.
It is pertinent to mention that there is currently heightened tension between the United States and China. The timing of Pompeo’s statement hints that banning TikTok may be a result of the resentment the two hold for each other at present. The hostility between the two countries commenced with a trade ban and now is seen spilling into several different areas, including technology.
Following Pompeo’s statement, a TikTok spokesperson argued against the decision to ban TikTok in the US. He stated:
An American CEO leads TikTok. Hundreds of TikTok’s employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy reside in the US. Our highest priority is to promote a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.
ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, further clarified that all its data centers are located outside China, and none of the data is subject to Chinese law.
The company added that all the US user data is stored in the United States and is backed up in Singapore. Despite all this, the US still labels TikTok’s ties with China as risky, unsafe, and dangerous.
It should be noted that the US is not the first country to consider banning Chinese applications. Recently, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, on the grounds of security concerns.
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