US Also Looking At Banning Chinese Apps Like TikTok: Mike Pompeo

US lawmakers have raised concerns over the handling of user data by the apps and are ‘looking at’ banning some of them.

Neel Raju Nalawade

July 7, 2020

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United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has said that the country is currently “looking at” imposing bans on Chinese apps like TikTok. The country’s lawmakers have, in the past, raised national security concerns over the way some Chinese apps handle user data. A few days ago, India had banned 59 such apps, including TikTok, citing a threat posed by them to the country’s “sovereignty and security.”

“I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said in an interview. His remarks come at a time when tensions between the US and China are also at a tipping point of sorts. President Donald Trump has been constantly attacking China’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and has even blamed the country for spreading it all over the world. The 59 apps banned in India also include the likes of WeChat, Shareit, US Browser, and Shein.

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