WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, said during his Fox News interview on Monday that the US is seriously considering banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps.
- TikTok has attempted to distance itself from its Chinese foundation. This year, it hired former Disney Executive Kevin Mayer as the company’s CEO.
- Aside from TikTok, the US administration was also cautious of using Huawei as it accused the Chinese technology company of being susceptible to espionage.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday that the country is looking at banning TikTok together with other Chinese social media apps and that they are taking it “very seriously.”
He added during the interview that they “have worked on this very issue for a long time.”
“Whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure we’ve gone all over the world and we’re making real progress getting that out. We declared ZTE a danger to American national security,” the secretary explained. “With respect to Chinese apps on peoples’ cellphones, the United States will get this one right too.”
Pompeo’s remarks stood as evidence in the growing conflict between the US and China, notwithstanding the growing public scrutiny against TikTok and other Chinese technology companies. The White House has been campaigning against using the apps and tech equipment from Chinese technology firms.
The US accused Huawei that its equipment can be utilized by China for espionage, and that the user-generated data can be put in jeopardy. The Chinese technology firm, however, has continuously disproved the accusations.
Owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, TikTok has attempted to distance itself from its Chinese origin. This year, it hired former Disney executive Kevin Mayer as TikTok’s Chief Executive Officer. Mayer’s primary mandate was to rebuild trust relations with regulators.
Still, the White House remains suspicious of using TikTok. Pressed in his interview if Americans should download the app, Pompeo answered: “Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
TikTok was not immediately available to make a comment on Monday.