After India banning Chinese social media apps including Tik Tok, now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the United States is looking at banning them. Lawmakers in the US have raised national security concerns over Tik Tok handling of user data.
Here are five components of the story:
- “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.
- US lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”
- Tik Tok, 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.
- The remarks also come amid increasing U.S.-China tensions over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, and China’s actions in Hong Kong.
- Reuters reported late on Monday that TikTok would exit the Hong Kong market within days, deciding to do so after China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.