Pompeo says US looking at banning Chinese social media apps

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

In ongoing news relating to US-China relations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

KEY POINTS:

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggests the US is looking at banning Chinese social media apps
  • Apps said to include the likes of TikTok
  • US and international lawmakers have continually raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data

“I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald J Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.

US lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasised its independence from China.

Pompeo’s remarks also come amid increasing US-China tensions over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, China’s actions in Hong Kong and a nearly two-year trade war.

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TikTok, a short-form video app owned by China-based ByteDance, was recently banned in India along with 58 other Chinese apps after a border clash between India and China.

The news agency Reuters reported late on Monday that TikTok would exit the Hong Kong market within days, deciding to do so after China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Pompeo says US looking at banning Chinese social media apps‘ article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru. Editing by Tom Hogue and Gerry Doyle.

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