US Government thinking to ban TikTok app

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the US Government is “looking at” banning the TikTok app and other Chinese social media applications.

We all know the tensions between Trump Administration and China, starting with the removing Chinese hardware manufacturers from the US Market, including ZTE and Huawei. Now the focus seems to be on the software and apps as well. Us Government suspects that the Chinese apps are ‘gathering data’ for the Chinese Communist Party.

“Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State

On 30 June the FCC announced that Huawei and ZTE are considered national security threats.

TikTok social app

TikTok is a video-sharing app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.
The TikTok app has been downloaded more than two billion times on iOS and Android since it was launched globally, in 2017. It is a social app that allows users to make videos up to 15 seconds long, with music in the background. However, it isn’t such popular as the Facebook app but it is very popular among youth users.

“TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. 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.”

Spokesman from ByteDance, owner of TikTok social app

TikTok said that it will quit Hong Kong after the Chinese Government imposed a new security law. They stopped their operations in Hong Kong and decided.

A spokesman from TikTok mentioned that it stores US user data on servers located within the US. The backup servers are in Singapore.

TikTok banned in India

TikTok app was banned in India recently due to the border conflict between India and China. Specialists say that TikTok may have lost up to a billion dollars with the advertising they lost from India revenue.

Featured image credits: tiktok.com

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