INTRO: After India, it’s like a popular Chinese short video platform TikTok may soon get banned within the US over privacy concerns. That’s according to a recent report on Fox News based on their interview with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We are taking this very seriously and that we are certainly watching it. We have worked on this very issue for an extended time, whether its the matter of getting Huawei technology in your infrastructure — we’ve gone everywhere the planet and we are making real progress getting that out — we already had declared ZTE a danger to American national security,” Pompeo told Fox News.
Although it’s not been mentioned explicitly, it’d be a part of the US’ plans to ban several Chinese apps. “With reference to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you us will get this one right too,” he added.
Pompeo further warned Americans to take care in using TikTok, adding that they ought to use TikTok as long as they need their private information within the hands of the Chinese Communist Party .
In response to Pompeo’s comments, here’s what a TikTok spokesperson told CNBC: “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with many employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. We have no higher priority than promoting a secure and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”
That statement is currently analogous to the company’s earlier claims that it’ll never distribute data to the Chinese government. Notably, of these are happening at a time when TikTok pulled itself out of Hong Kong thanks to the Chinese government’s new intrusive legislation.