The North American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, assured that “this possibility is being taken seriously”.
he government headed by Donald Trump is considering restricting the access of US users to the Chinese TikTok application due to the possibility that the Government of Beijing is using it as a means to monitor and distribute propaganda among citizens.
The announcement was made by US Secretary of State M ike Pompeo in remarks to the Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle”.
Pompeo noted that “he and President Trump are taking this possibility seriously” after show host Laura Ingraham recalled that India had already banned the app and Australia is considering doing so.
“We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly analyzing it,” Pompeo reiterated before stressing that his administration is seeing what is happening around the world with that application.
“With regard to Chinese applications on people’s cell phones, I can assure you that the United States will, too,” he added, adding that he did not want to go into more detail on the subject because it would potentially “get ahead” of any presidential announcement.
“But it is something we are seeing,” he said, and warned Americans to be cautious about using TikTok if they do not want their private information to fall “into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
TikTok is a short-lived video application owned by the Beijing-based ByteDance company.
The app, which has become widely used around the world in recent months, has been repeatedly criticized by US politicians who accuse it of being a threat to national security due to its ties to China.
Critics of this new form of communication through social media allege, according to US media, that the company may be forced to “support and cooperate with the intelligence work carried out by the Chinese Communist Party.”