In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Mike Pompeo also commented that the Chinese social media app could be banned in the United States. Asked if Chinese social media apps, especially TikTok, would be banned in the United States, Pompeo said: “We take the issue seriously. As for the Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can say for sure that the United States will make the right decision.
People should only download these apps to their devices if they want their personal information to reach the Chinese Communist Party. ‘A spokesman for TikTok told CNN: “TikTok’s chief executive officer is an American. Hundreds of Americans are working at the leadership level on its security, products, and public policy. The safety of our app users is of paramount importance to us. We have never provided user information to the Chinese government, and we will not provide any such information. ”
Mike Pompeo made the remarks at a time when the United States is in direct conflict with China over a number of issues. These two countries are in conflict with each other in every field of national security, trade or technology. Meanwhile, due to the Sino-Indian conflict, India has already called for a ban on TikTok. As a result, Pompeo’s remarks sparked a major controversy
A section of U.S. politicians have already been critical of TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance. According to them, the Chinese government has a connection with this special app. The app captures users’ information in short videos and assists the Chinese Communist Party-controlled intelligence service. But TikTok has always said that even though they are owned by ByteDance, their activities are conducted completely differently. None of their information centers are in China. As a result, any information under their jurisdiction does not fall under Chinese law.