“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,” Pompeo instructed Fox News.
Although it has not been talked about explicitly, it is likely to be a part of the US’ plans to ban a number of Chinese apps. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too,” he added.
Pompeo additional warned Americans to be cautious in utilizing TikTok, including that they need to use TikTok provided that they need their personal data within the palms of the Chinese Communist Party.
In response to Pompeo’s feedback, right here’s what a TikTok spokesperson instructed CNBC: “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”
That assertion is much like the corporate’s earlier claims that it’s going to by no means hand out knowledge to the Chinese authorities. Notably, all these are occurring at a time when TikTok pulled itself out of Hong Kong because of the Chinese authorities’s new intrusive laws.