The Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo says that the US might ban Chinese social media apps like TikTok.
are taking this very seriously. We are certainly looking at it. With respect to
Chinese apps on peoples’ cellphones, the United States will get this one right
too.” – He said while speaking with Fox News on Monday.
For the last couple of
years, lawmakers have shown concern over this app in particular and raised
concerns regarding privacy and its way of handling user data. Several
accusations have been made against the Chinese government and political stances
have been made.
is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across
safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. We have no higher
priority than promoting 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.” – said the spokesperson of TikTok after Pompeo made
It was only last week
when India also put a ban on this video sharing app along with other Chinese apps
like WeChat. It is being suggested that these apps are “engaged in activities … prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of
TikTok responded to this by saying that, “TikTok continues to comply with all data
privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any
information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the
When Pompeo was asked
whether or not he would suggest this app to US citizens, he said, “Only if you want your private information
in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”