The Trump administration has focused on removing Chinese hardware manufacturers, including Huawei and ZTE, from the U.S. market, but now the focus seems to be on Chinese social media apps, especially Tik Tok.
As Blogtify reports, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the U.S. government wants to ban certain social media apps offered by Chinese companies. This includes the extremely popular video sharing app TikTok. “We take it very seriously. We will definitely take a look at it … The US will do the right thing with Chinese apps on people’s cell phones,” says Pompeo.
Pompeo says the U.S. is "certainly looking at" banning TikTok and other Chinese apps https://t.co/vrAIjs6hgi
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On June 30, the FCC announced that both Huawei and ZTE were classified as national security threats. TikTok appears to be next on the list when Fox News asked Pompeo whether Americans should use the app: “Only if you want your private information to be in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, but the video sharing app was keen to present itself as in no way committed to China. In response to Pompeo’s comments, a TikTok spokesman said: “TikTok is managed by an American CEO, with hundreds of security, product and public order executives here in the United States.
We have no higher priority than promotion of a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, and we would not do so if requested to do so. “
TikTok stores US user data on servers in the US that were backed up in Singapore. Apparently none of the data centers used is in China. As the BBC reports, the video sharing service has also decided to leave Hong Kong after the Chinese government introduced a new security law.
REF : entrepreneur.com