China Economy To Suffer Major Set Back As USA Bans Popular Chinese Apps

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The United States America ( USA ) said is ‘looking at’ at the option of banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps following its heinous role of injecting deadly COVID-19 pandemic to the world.

CNN’ report suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.”

Pompeo on CNN was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, “especially TikTok.”

He said, “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said.

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“I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”

Washington’s top diplomat added that people should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Pompeo’s remarks come during a time of heightened tensions between the United States and China, which have spilled over into several arenas including national security, trade and technology.

TikTok — which is owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance — has been repeatedly criticized by US politicians who accused the short-form video app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China.

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They alleged that the company could be compelled to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

TikTok has said previously that it operates separately from ByteDance.

It says its data centers are located entirely outside of China, and that none of that data is subject to Chinese law.

USA user data is stored in the United States, with a backup in Singapore, according to TikTok.

A spokesperson for the company told USA Media in May that it thinks the national security concerns are “unfounded.”

TikTok has exploded in popularity in the United States and other western countries, becoming the first Chinese social media platform to gain significant traction with users outside of its home country.

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Report has It that it was downloaded 315 million times in the first three months of this year, more quarterly downloads than any other app in history, according to analytics company Sensor Tower.

Paraphrased From CNN

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