Mike Pompeo suggests that using TikTok puts people’s private information “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
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The administration of Donald Trump It has focused on removing Chinese hardware manufacturers from the U.S. market, including Huawei and ZTE, but now the focus seems to be on Chinese social media applications.
As reported CNBCSecretary of State Mike Pompeo said Fox News that the U.S. government is trying to ban certain social media applications offered by Chinese companies. This includes the extremely popular TikTok app for sharing videos. “We take this very seriously. We will definitely take a look at it. The USA will also do well in terms of Chinese applications on mobile phones,” said Pompeo.
June 30th the FCC announced that both Huawei and ZTE have been classified as a threat to national security. TikTok appears to be next on the list, as asked by Fox News whether Americans should use the app. Pompeo said, “Only if you want your private information to be in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDanceBut the video sharing app wanted to present itself as if it wasn’t a link to Chinese censorship. In response to Pompeo’s comments, a TikTok spokesman said, “TikTok is managed by an American CEO, with hundreds of key security, product and public order executives here in the United States. We have no higher priority than promotion a secure user experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, and we would not do so if asked to do so. “
When asked by Fox News whether Americans should use the app, Pompeo said: “Only if they want their private information to be in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party” / Depositphotos.com
TikTok stores US user data on servers within the American Union that are supported in Singapore. Apparently none of the data centers used is in China. As reported by BBCThe video sharing service also made a decision to leave Hong Kong after the introduction of a new security law imposed by the Chinese government.