In a move which comes close on the heels of India’s decision to ban 59 Chinese apps, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indicated that US too is looking at banning Chinese media apps including TikTok.
In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said, “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at.”
Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.” https://t.co/IGGlP2bDdg
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Pompeo’s reactions come at a time when tensions are running high between United States and China over the latter’s handling of coronavirus pandemic and China’s recent actions in Hong Kong. US is seeing China’s apps from a national security perspective over handling of user data. US is worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”
Tiktok, owned by China-based Byte Dance, meanwhile has said it would wind up from Hong Kong following the new national security law which has been rolled out by China.
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