Trump Administration May Ban TikTok, Other Chinese Apps

Elias Hubbard
July 7, 2020

The company is owned by Beijing-based internet giant ByteDance.

TikTok has exploded in the past year, with over 175 million downloads in the us and over 1 billion users worldwide.

Pompeo's comments come amid rising tensions between both countries over national security concerns, trade and even technology.

Following news that India has banned the app and Australia is considering following suit, Ingraham asked Pompeo, "shouldn't we be considering, right now, tonight, a ban on Chinese social media apps, especially Tiktok?"

"Given these concerns, we ask that the Intelligence Community conduct an assessment of the national security risks posed by TikTok and other China-based content platforms operating in the USA and brief Congress on these findings", they added.

TikTok in a statement to The Hill denied providing any user data to Beijing.

Washington's top diplomat added that Americans should only download the app 'if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party'.

US lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok's handling of user data, saying they were anxious about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies 'to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party'.

The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasized its independence from China. Last week, India banned TikTok and tons of other Chinese apps due to concerns over national security and user data privacy.

TikTok has become enormously popular amid coronavirus shutdowns across the U.S., with users spending an estimated 52 minutes each day and the number of unique visitors growing exponentially between January and April, according to Wallaroo Media, a digital advertising firm.

Videos automatically play one after the other, ranging from attempts at viral dance moves to the comedian Sarah Cooper's mocking lip-sync performances as President Donald Trump, which have earned her over 3 million likes. And also, TikTok is so popular among younger Americans that a ban of it may end up causing political problems for an administration, four months ahead of the next election. However, the government hasn't really been rocking with the app, as it was recently revealed that a ban might be put in place on the popular app.

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