07.Jul .2020 14:25

Pompeo warns of potential restriction of Chinese TikTok app

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration is considering restricting United States' users' access to the Chinese social media application TikTok over concerns it is potentially being used by the Beijing government as a means to surveil and propagandize people.

"We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it. We have worked on this very issue for a long time, whether its the problem of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure -- we've gone all over the world and we are making real progress getting that out -- we had declared ZTE a danger to American national security," said Pompeo.

"With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too," he said, adding that he did not want to dive into specifics and potentially "get ahead" of any presidential announcement.

"But, it is something we are looking at," he said, going on to warn Americans that they should be cautious in using TikTok, lest they want their private information "in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

The US legislators have recently raised concerns with regards to protecting personal data of Tiktok users claiming that Chineses laws demand the local companies to assist with intelligence.

For the record, India banned 58 Chinese apps, including Tiktok couple of days ago.