July 2020

United States ‘Seriously’ Considering TikTok Ban

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that the United States was “looking at” a ban on Chinese social media apps. The ban would “especially” include TikTok, a popular short-form video app owned byBeijing-based company ByteDance. With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too … I don't want to get out in front of the President, but it's something we're looking at, Mike Pompeo, via CNN. He said the possible ban was being taken “very seriously” and that officials have been focused on this “issue” for a “long time.” He also cited two Chinese telecommunications networking companies, calling them a “danger to American national security.” Whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure we’ve gone all over the world and we’re making real progress getting that out. We declared ZTE a danger to American national security, Mike Pompeo, via CNBC.Pompeo went on to warn against downloading TikTok, saying it would put your “private information” in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok has since released a statement in response to Pompeo denying his claims and reinforcing their focus on safety and security. 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. … We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked, TikTok spokesperson, via CNN.