New Delhi | Jagran English Desk: US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien has said that Beijing will loose "a big tool" of espionage and surveillance if America and some western European countries follow India's path and ban Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat. In an intereview with US-based Fox News Radio, O'Brien said that the Trump administration was "very seriously taking a look" at TikTok, WeChat and some other Chinese-origin apps.

"India has already banned those apps, as you know. And if they lose India and the United States, they lose some western European countries, that takes a big tool away from the espionage work or the surveillance work of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party)," the US national security advisor said.

India last month banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, Likee, Helo and Shareit over "national security concerns". The move was backed by the US government which said that it will help boost India's soveriegnty and integrity.

O'Brien suggested kids to use other social media platforms instead of TikTok, syaing that the Chinese short video social media platform was getting facial recognition on them.

"They are getting all of your personal, private data, your most intimate data. They are getting to know who your friends are, who your parents are. They can map all your relationships," he added.

The remarks of the American NSA came days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States was "looking at" banning China-based social media apps, including TikTok. "I don't want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it's something we're looking at," Pompeo had said in an interview with Fox News.

According to a report by Reuters, several US lawmakers have raised concerns over TikTok's handling of user data. They expressed their worries, saying that Chinese law requires country-based firms "to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party."

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma