Is this the end of TikTok in the US?

July 7, 2020

India recently banned Tik Tok in their country, could the US be next?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is looking at banning many Chinese social media apps including Tik Tok here in the states, according to a statement released Monday.

The Hong Kong based company released a statement explaining their company has an American CEO and the app is run by hundreds of US employees but Pompeo replied suggesting people should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

TikTok is owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance but representatives of the app say they operate separate from their parent company and data centers are not controlled by Chinese regulations. A spokesperson of the app responded, “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.”

Tensions are high between the US and Chinese government and the political issues are effecting “national security trade and technology.”

In light of recent events the short form video social media company has decided to stop operations in Hong Kong. Do you believe this move will improve their relationship with US officials?

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