The United States Is "Looking at" Banning TikTok

Cheryl Sanders
July 7, 2020

Chinese-owned app TikTok is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

"I don't want to get out in front of the president, but it's something we're looking at", Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News, referencing Donald Trump.

Over 1.6 million Australians and more than a billion people worldwide are using the music-themed service, which artists and record label have welcomed with open arms.

In response, a TikTok spokesperson told ABC News Tuesday the company 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".

The law also gives Beijing power to exercise authority over Hong Kong regarding "cases involving foreign forces, serious situations that the Hong Kong government can not handle effectively, and when national security faces a major threat". He warned that Americans should be cautious of downloading the video entertainment app or risk giving their information to the Chinese government.

USA 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'.

TikTok has tried to distance itself from its Chinese parent company.

TikTok was not immediately available for comment late Monday.

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. Cooper's PR did not respond to questions about the administration's possible ban.

Beijing last week also said that India's move to ban 59 Chinese-origin mobile apps could be a breach of World Trade Organization rules, and urged New Delhi to create an open and fair business environment. Christensen said, TikTok "should be banned in Australia as should other online communication networks used and abused by Communist China's intelligence/military apparatus including WeChat".

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