Tiktok a cyber-weapon to attack US national security?
WASHINGTON | JULY 8, 2020:
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo announced the government's decision to ban the Chinese owned company app Tiktok, stating that confidential pieces of information may leak out and pose a threat to national security.
"We are taking this very seriously. We are certainly looking at it, concerning Chinese applications on people's cellphones, the United States will get this one right too," Pompeo told Fox News on Monday.
In the last few years, the US government have become very serious over the number of Tiktok users in the country, which could provide user data information to its parent company — the Beijing-based ByteDance — and the Chinese government. This could be unhealthy to governance and expose confidential data.
In reply to Pompeo's allegations, a TikTok spokesperson responded in a statement, writing "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."
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