Pompeo: US ‘definitely’ considering banning Chinese social media apps like TikTok


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was “definitely” considering banning Chinese social media apps such as TikTok, citing concerns the app shared user data with the government. Beijing.

“I don’t want to go out in front of the president, but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo told Fox News on Monday.

When asked if he recommended downloading TikTok, Pompeo replied, “Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Bipartisan U.S. lawmakers have previously raised concerns about enforcement in relation to Chinese laws that require companies in the country to “support and cooperate with Chinese Communist Party-controlled intelligence work,” Reuters noted.

Pompeo’s comments come shortly after India banned TikTok, along with 58 other Chinese apps, following a border skirmish between the two nations. It also comes in the wake of TikTok reportedly exiting the Hong Kong market days after an expansive new Chinese national security law came into force that critics say is eroding the city’s autonomy.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) asked Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire in an October letter to determine whether the application posed “national security risks”.

“Security experts have expressed concern that China’s vague patchwork of intelligence, national security and cybersecurity laws require Chinese companies to support and cooperate with Chinese Communist Party-controlled intelligence work.” , they wrote.

“Given these concerns, we call on the intelligence community to conduct an assessment of the national security risks posed by TikTok and other China-based content platforms operating in the United States and to inform Congress of these findings,” they added.

TikTok, in a statement to The Hill, denied providing user data to Beijing.

“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 if asked. was asking,” the company said.

Updated at 8:03 a.m.


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