After India banned dozens of Chinese apps last month, America is mulling to ban the Chinese apps including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on Monday, in an interview with Fox News.
Pompeo said: “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at.” The announcement comes at a time when the Beijing-Washington relationship is strained after the US staunch criticism on China’s handling of the Pandemic.
The Secretary of State has been vocal about the Chinese Communist party’s aggressive global diplomacy. He lauded India’s app ban on June 30th, saying India’s “clean app approach will boost India’s sovereignty and boost integrity and national security.”
Speaking at Fox News‘ broadcast “The Ingraham Angle” Pompeo told the host Laura Ingraham that he and President Trump are looking into the matter carefully after the host told about nations like Australia mulling a ban and India already banning access to scores of Chinese apps.
TikTok itself is not available in Mainland China and the parent company behind the app has time to time sought to distance itself from Beijing to reflect a welcoming global facade. However, the app has come under the fire from time to time for being Beijing satellite.
“We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it,” Pompeo was quoted as saying. “We have worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it’s 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,” he said, adding that he will not dive into the details and “get ahead” of Trump’s announcement.
Pompeo cautioned Americans against using the short video app TikTok least they want private information “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” he told Fox news.
Post India ban, TikTok disavowed that the company is Beijing’s tool. CEO Kevin Mayer was quoted as saying: “I can confirm that the Chinese government has never made a request to us for the TikTok data of Indian users. If we do ever receive such a request in the future, we would not comply.”
Soon as India banned TikTok homegrown similar apps market share skyrocketed. One noteworthy mention is India-made Roposo. In just two days of TikTok ban the app registered over 22 million downloads in India.
(Cover image courtesy of Secretary Pompeo via Twitter)