Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, has said that the country is contemplating to ban Chinese apps which include the majorly popular app, TikTok. Having said that, he also has mentioned how TikTok has caused security breaches by sharing information with the Chinese government. The app has experienced massive growth all over the world and now this statement by the Secretary of State could cause a major blow to the app.
Recently India has banned a host of Chinese apps which include TikTok. On being asked a question which was on the lines of recommending users to download TikTok, Mike Pompeo replied saying, “Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
This is definitely not the first time the TikTok has received a backlash on how this particular app is responsible for relaying information of a particular country back to China, India too has made the same allegations recently.
Now, U.S. lawmakers are also of the same opinion that the app definitely has some serious security concerns that should not be overlooked at any cost. Chinese laws also need domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.” The U.S government has now made it very clear that the citizens of the country should be wary of the app.
The Chinese based app, which is owned by ByteDance, was asked to clarify the statements that stated the security concerns, to which it had completely denied the same. “We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked,” TikTok has mentioned in the email it has sent.
It has now created a safe distance from its Chinese roots hoping to calm the global uproar it has created. In the case of the U.S., it is still unclear if the sole reason behind the thought of banning this app is purely based on security concerns.
It is also reported that TikTok might soon exit the HongKong market as well, as a part of the city’s national security law. India was TikTok’s largest market – India’s ban has put ByteDance in an extremely tough situation.
TikTok has been reported to have two billion downloads. It is also being claimed that TikTok violated the 2019 agreement to protect children’s privacy, the FTC and the Justice Department are investigating these claims.