Unites States plans to ban Tik-Tok and other Chinese apps, over National Security Worry

The government of the United State is “looking at” banning Tik Tok and other chinese social media apps due to nationl security concern

The secretary of the state, Mike pompeo suggested the move in an interview with Fox News’ Laura on monday, July 6.

He said: “With respect to chinese apps on people’s cell phones, i can assure you that the United States will get this one right. i dont want to get out infront of the President {Donald Trump}, but i’ts something we are looking at.

Washington’s top diplomat added that people should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

His comment comes after US lawmakers raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, accusing the short-form video app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China. They also allege that the company could be compelled to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

Reacting to Pompeo’s comments, a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement: “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the US. 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 do so if asked.”

Last week, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo, and WeChat, to counter the threat posed by these applications to its “sovereignty and security”.

TikTok is owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance.

Naija Exhibit

Political analyst and Writer

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