According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US government is considering banning TikTok because it considers the massively popular social media app as a security threat. The Chinese company ByteDance’s video app has an estimated 65-80 million active monthly users in the U.S., who upload 15-second videos with fast cuts, music, and filters. With over 175 million downloads in the US and over 1 billion users worldwide, TikTok has exploded in the last year.
Yet since last fall, U.S. senators have been pressing for an inquiry into the relationship between TikTok and its parent company and the Chinese government, and whether such alleged links present a danger to counterintelligence in America. Pompeo also told Fox News that the Trump administration is “surely looking” to block Chinese social media applications, like TikTok.
Pompeo cast TikTok as a threat to security, trying to accuse it of sharing user data with the Chinese government.
Tik Tok is Considered a Valuable Startup
The company is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese tech company that has also launched travel search and real estate search sites, and is considered one of the most valuable start-ups in the world.
It also announced on Monday that it would remove the app from Hong Kong. Also, is due to the new national security law of the Chinese government. It gives Beijing tighter control over the territory that supposes as semi-autonomous. Also, including requiring tech firms to pass on user data if requested. But because of the Chinese internet security law, it allows the government to request access to their data. Pompeo has cast virtually all Chinese companies as a security threat. He did not provide specific evidence on Monday. It is on the Chinese government has requested that information from TikTok.
The State Department has declined to provide further information. A National Intelligence Director’s Office official refused to directly comment about whether there is any intelligence review about TikTok.
Military Branches Also Ban the App
Several U.S. agencies and military branches have already banned the use of TikTok. It is for their personnel, including the Transportation Security Administration and the United States. According to Wallaroo Media, a digital advertising agency, TikTok has become increasingly popular. It is among U.S. coronavirus shutdowns, with users spending an average 52 minutes per day. Also, the number of unique visitors increasing exponentially between January and April.
Videos play one after another automatically. It ranges from attempts at viral dance movements to mocking lip-sync performances. It is by comedian Sarah Cooper as President Donald Trump, which earned her over 3 million likes. Cooper’s PR has not addressed concerns about the potential ban on the government.
India banned the app last week in the face of growing tensions with China. It is over a disputed border area high in the Himalayan mountains. Also, casting it and 58 other Chinese-owned apps as security concerns. Thus, exploits by the Chinese government. Australian officials said they were also considering a ban.