BREAKING NEWS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US is ‘investigating’ TikTok and other Chinese social media apps due to security vulnerabilities
The United States is seriously “investigating” TikTok over concerns that the social media platform poses a threat to national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
“I don’t want to stand in front of the President, but it’s something we’re looking at,” said Pompeo in an interview with Fox News.
US legislators have raised national security concerns about the way TikTok handles user data, saying they were concerned about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies to “support and cooperate with intelligence controlled by the Chinese Communist Party” support.
The app, which is not available in China, has tried to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasized its independence from China.
Pompeo’s remarks are also amid growing tensions between the US and China over how to deal with the corona virus outbreak, China’s actions in Hong Kong, and a nearly two-year trade war.
TikTok, a short video app owned by China-based ByteDance, was recently banned in India along with 58 other Chinese apps following a border clash between India and China.
Reuters reported late Monday that TikTok would be leaving the Hong Kong market within days and decided to do so after China enacted a sweeping new national security bill for the semi-autonomous city.