USA could ban TikTok: Sec. Mike Pompeo says

USA could ban TikTok: Sec. Mike Pompeo says

"We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked". If you come across any message through WhatsApp or SMS that claims that TikTok is now available in India in the form of TikTok Pro, then simply ignore it. These charges are often used in the Chinese mainland to stifle dissidents and political opponents The new law will also allow China's security personnel to operate in Hong Kong.

TikTok is the popular mobile app of the moment, one often used by teenagers to make amusing musical videos, while it's also sometimes used to make political statements.

In an interview with Fox News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. may ban a few Chinese apps.

USA politicians have raised concerns over the handling of user data by TikTok - a short-form video app owned by Chinese company ByteDance - saying they were anxious about China's laws requiring domestic companies "to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party".

"It's something we're looking at", said Pompeo. We've worked on this very issue for a long time. These 25 apps had a total of over 2 million downloads and mostly offered services like file managers, flashlight, wallpaper management, screenshot editor and weather.

The app is also very popular in the USA and reportedly saw 315 million downloads in the first three months of 2020 in the US.

According to a report by news agency Reuters, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on Monday that the United States is "certainly looking" at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

This is all particularly concerning for the US government since TikTok is a Chinese company. Last week, India banned TikTok and tons of other Chinese apps due to concerns over national security and user data privacy.

"We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users". Lee Hunter, TikTok General Manager Australia, said that it does not share users' data with foreign governments and dismissed similar concerns from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute that there are "cells inside the company" as not credible.

If the Trump Administration does ban TikTok, it could cause some big implications within the entertainment industry.

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