The United States intends to take action on popular Chinese applications TikTok, WeChat and others in the coming weeks. This was stated by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Thursday, July 16.
According to him, several people in the U.S. administration are now studying the national security risks associated with these applications, which could potentially be associated with the collection of information about American citizens.
Meadows noted that there is no specific deadline for any decisions on the applications, but it is likely to be taken in the next few weeks.
July 15, it was reported that the Chinese mobile application TikTok was fined $155 thousand in South Korea for the illegal collection of information from users under 14 years without the consent of their parents.
Earlier, on July 6, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced about the possibility of banning this social network in the country. Thus, he answered the question of FOX News anchorwoman whether the U.S. could ban the operation of Chinese platforms due to the assumption that the TikTok leadership allegedly passes on user data to the Chinese authorities.
Earlier this year, the State Department banned the use of this social network on official devices.
India’s Ministry of Information Technology decided in late June to block 59 Chinese mobile applications, among which was TikTok. The agency believes that the operation of these services undermines “India’s sovereignty and integrity” and threatens the country’s security and public order.
Tik Tok is a video hosting service for creating short videos. It was launched in September 2016 for Chinese users and was called Douyin. In 2017, the company launched an international “copy” called TikTok.