U.S. considers banning TikTok and other apps, Pompeo says

There are fears China will use the law to severely erode the freedoms Hong Kong has enjoyed under the “one country, two systems” framework. from WHO

Sen. The company said it stores data from American users in the U.S.  However, critics point out that TikTok is owned by a Chinese company and would still have to comply with Chinese laws. U.S. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.” 
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday that the U.S. TikTok announced in March it is opening a “transparency center” where experts can verify and examine the app’s practices. India has banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, amid a standoff in the Himalayas with the country. is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps over national security concerns. “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Mike Pompeo says

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Could the U.S. The app, which allows users to create short videos, has been under scrutiny by lawmakers since exploding in popularity outside of China. TikTok’s policies said the app collects user data such as IP addresses, location and information about devices. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”TikTok also confirmed Tuesday it stopped operations of the app in Hong Kong in wake of the new China-backed security law that would ban treason, secession, sedition and subversion in the semi-autonomous city. TikTok has repeatedly denied it works with China and said they are not influenced by any foreign government. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. Could the U.S. Without naming China, India said the ban on the apps was a “targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.” Much like the U.S., Australia is reportedly considering a ban of the app over alleged data harvesting and links to the Chinese government. Pompeo when asked if the Administration has considered banning TikTok: “We’re certainly looking at it.” pic.twitter.com/N9NmbDOka0— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 7, 2020

Pompeo said he doesn’t recommend downloading the app unless “you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

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A spokesperson for TikTok refuted Pompeo’s comments in a statement to CBS News.”TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. Trending News

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Launched in 2016, TikTok is owned by the Beijing-based tech company ByteDance. ban TikTok? It’s been downloaded more than 1 billion times worldwide, according to the app tracker Sensor Tower. His remarks come as India banned the app and Australia is considering it. 

In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham, Pompeo said “we’re certainly looking at it” when it comes to banning TikTok and other Chinese apps.”With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. First published on July 7, 2020 / 11:30 AM