Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that TikTok is only one of several Chinese mobile apps that the Trump administration could potentially ban, adding that Chinese companies need to be held accountable for threatening Americans’ data.
“We have been engaged in a constant evaluation, about ensuring that we protect the privacy of American citizens and their information…This doesn’t relate to any one particular business or company, but rather to American national security,” Pompeo said in a press conference.
Experts on China told Fox News that a ban on TikTok could be announced by the end of the week.
“I think that sometime this week we will hear an announcement from the Trump administration banning TikTok and possibly other Chinese apps,” Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” told Fox News.
The Government of India officially banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok on 29 June 2020 citing concerns pertaining to “national security, sovereignty and integrity, as well as data security, privacy and public order.”
WIBC host Tony Katz commented on the possible ban Thursday morning:
“TikTok is spying on its users and it’s not enough to just consider a ban; China needs to be punished. May I suggest erasing a zero from the debt? This is something I’ve been discussing for well over a year. Take the debt we owe China and just erase a zero – every time they do something like this. Coronavirus? Take a zero off the debt. TikTok? Take a zero off the debt. Security issues? Take a zero off the debt. Eventually, we won’t owe them anything and we can use that money instead for first responders and to help Americans.”
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