U.S. authorities are considering banning the Chinese application TikTok in the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 6 on FOX News.
The TV presenter asked Pompeo whether the U.S. authorities, following India, could ban Chinese platforms, including TikTok, on the assumption that the leadership of this social network allegedly transmits users’ data to the Chinese authorities.
“We take this very seriously. We are definitely considering this issue. <...> As for Chinese apps on smartphones, I assure you, the US will take appropriate measures,” Pompeo noted.
According to the channel, more than 30 million users from the U.S. are registered with TikTok.
In November 2019, U.S. national security authorities launched an investigation against the owner of TikTok, the Chinese company ByteDance Technology. U.S. lawmakers are concerned that the owners of the application will censor content. They also have questions about how the application stores users’ personal data.
And in early 2020, the State Department banned the use of the social network TikTok on office devices.
TikTok responded by saying that its activities are not influenced by any government in the world, including China.