United States Government is Reportedly Considering Ban on TikTok

Clay Curtis
July 7, 2020

TikTok is owned by China-based company ByteDance, which operates a similar short video-sharing application called Douyin in mainland China.

In a Fox News interview on Monday, Pompeo said the administration was considering an outright ban on apps developed in China.

While on Fox News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about the possibility of banning TikTok, noting there were concerns of Chinese surveillance.

"We're taking this very seriously", he added.

His comments come amid rising tensions between the USA and China and as scrutiny on TikTok and Chinese technology firms continues to grow.

U.S. hinting towards banning Chinese apps comes close on the heels of India banning 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Shein, Camscanner, UC Browser among others saying that these apps are engaged in activities which are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".

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Pompeo noted how the government had handled "the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure" and how it had declared ZTE "a danger to American national security", stating that "with respect to Chinese apps on peoples' cellphones, the United States will get this one right too".

The Associated Press reports ByteDance says all its TikTok data is stored in servers in the US and insisted it would not remove content even if asked to do so by the Chinese government.

USA lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok's handling of user data, saying they were anxious about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies "to support and co-operate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party".

The company is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese tech firm that also started travel search and real estate search sites and is considered one of the world's most valuable start-ups.

But Pompeo has cast virtually all Chinese companies as a security threat because of the Chinese internet security law, which allows the government to request access to their data.

The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasized its independence from China.

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