Mike Pompeo said on Monday July 6th that the United States was considering banning TikTok, as well as other Chinese applications. " We ...
Mike Pompeo said on Monday July 6th that the United States was considering banning TikTok, as well as other Chinese applications. "We take this very seriously. We are actively considering it," he said.
The decision is linked to the user data processed by the application. The United States could join India, which recently banned social networking. But the repercussions would be even more serious.
TikTok has been in the crosshairs for a long time.
If the application is not available in China, it remains owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company. Several U.S. legislators have recently expressed concerns about the management of personal data. In their view, it could be exploited by the intelligence services, controlled by the Communist Party of China (CCP).
In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo was asked whether the United States was considering banning TikTok and other Chinese social media applications. Pompeo was clear: "We take this very seriously. We're certainly looking into it. We've been working on this issue for a long time.
After the manufacturers, especially Huawei, now the US government could crack down on Chinese applications. The US Secretary of State's statement is obviously not to the liking of those most affected.
A spokesperson for the social network said, "TikTok is led by a U.S. CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders in the areas of safety, security, products and public policy here in the United States.
TikTok in danger
The successful social network has just been deprived of a huge market, India. The decision mainly benefited local alternatives, such as Roposo.
For several months, ByteDance, founded by Chinese entrepreneur Zhang Yiming, has been trying to dissociate TikTok from its Chinese origins and from Beijing censorship. This approach includes the creation of a data center abroad for TikTok, which would be out of reach of the Chinese authorities. In addition, Kevin Mayer, an American and former Disney+, is the new global face of the application.
More recently, it was learned that TikTok will be withdrawing from the Hong Kong market in the coming days. The decision follows the enactment of new national security laws in the country. "In light of recent events, we have decided to stop operating the TikTok application in Hong Kong," said a TikTok spokesperson.
Other major Chinese apps, such as WeChat, are also under threat of a ban in the United States. If Mike Pompeo's words are translated into action, TikTok could lose two of its largest markets within weeks.