Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo says the United States is considering banning the Chinese app TikTok due to concerns over national security.
In an appearance on Fox News on Monday, Pompeo said the U.S. government may ban TikTok, which is wildly popular with American children and young adults.
TikTok is a community sharing app that focuses on dance, free-style or performance content videos created by children.
Pompeo said TikTok, which uses Huawei and ZTE technology, is a danger to U.S. national security.
“We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it,” Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones. I can assure you the United States will get this one right too.”
He warned TikTok users that their private data is at risk and could get into “the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
In response to Pompeo’s warnings, a TikTok spokesperson said they have “never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”
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