United States Plans to Block TikTok Applications

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NUSADAILY.COM-JAKARTA – Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said the United States is considering a ban on Chinese social media applications, including TikTok.

“I do not want to deliver it before the President (Donald Trump). But that’s something we are reviewing, “Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News, quoted on nusadaily.com Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

A number of US lawmakers have raised issues about US national security concerns over the handling of TikTok user data.

They claimed to be concerned about Chinese law requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

This application, which is not available in China, has tried to distance itself from its Chinese roots. That is to attract the attention of global audiences and has emphasized its independence from China.

Pompeo’s statement was also delivered amid increasing US-Chinese tensions over the handling of the corona virus outbreak. Also due to China’s policies for Hong Kong and the trade war for almost two years.

TikTok, a short video application owned by China-based ByteDance. It was recently banned in India along with 58 other Chinese applications. The ban was after the border clash between India and China.

Reuters reported late Monday that TikTok will be out of the Hong Kong market in the coming days. TikTok decided to do so after China passed new national security laws in the semi-autonomous city. (yos)