The massive rise of social media app TikTok has found many taking to the app. However, the government hasn’t really been rocking with the app, as it was recently revealed that a ban might be put in place on the popular app.
While on Fox News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about the possibility of banning TikTok, noting there were concerns of Chinese surveillance. Pompeo said:
“We are taking this very seriously, and we are certainly looking at it. We have worked on this very issue for a long time, whether its 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. With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too.” Pompeo then went on to warn about the dangers of downloading an app that could put users’ private data in “the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” Since then, a spokesperson from TikTok responded, saying they’ve “never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”