United States looking at banning Chinese social media apps

United States lawmakers have raised some very serious national security issues regarding TikTok's handling of it's customer data


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United States looking at banning Chinese social media apps

On Monday United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the USA is certainly looking at banning Chinese apps, including TikTok, suggesting apps shared information with the Chinese government, a charge it denied.

I don't want to get out in front of the President Donald Trump, but it is something we are looking at, Mike Pompeo said in an interview with the Fox News.

United States lawmakers have raised some very serious national security issues regarding TikTok's handling of it's customer data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws rrequiring domestic companies to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by Chinese communist party.

Mike Pompeo also said Americans should be cautious in using the short form video app owned by China based ByteDance.

Only if you want to share your private information with the Chinese communist party, Pompeo said when asked about whether he would recommend people to download TikTok.

In respopnse to the comments made by Mike, TikTok told reuters it has never provided user data to China.

We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure place for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese Communist government, nor would we do so if asked, TikTok said in an emailed statement.

TikTok was recently banned in India along with 58 others chinese apps after a border class between China and India.

On Monday Reuters reported that TikTok would exit the Hong Kong market within days, after China's establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the city. - Reuters

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