White House softens stand on TikTok, could allow to operate as American company
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien advocated a ban on Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat, the United States seems to have softened its stand on TikTok with a White House official saying that it would be a "much better solution" if the social media app pulls itself out of its Chinese holding company and operates as an independent American company.
According to a report by news agency PTI, White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow said that there are reports that TikTok is going to pull out of the holding company - Chinese firm ByteDance. "That’s really a market question, but I’m just saying that’s a much better solution than banning," the agency quoted Kudlow as saying.
Currently, the data servers of TikTok are in China but after becoming an independent American company, the top White House economic advisor said, they will be in the US.
His remarks have come days after US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien termed TikTok "a big tool" of espionage and surveillance of the Chinese Communist Party. In an interview with US-based Fox News Radio, O'Brien had said that if America and some western European countries follow India's path and ban Chinese apps, Beijing will loose is espionage tool.
"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 sovereignty and integrity.
Referring to India's ban, at least 25 US Congressmen and Congresswomen recently wrote to President Donald Trump, asking him to take decisive action to protect the American people's privacy and safety.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma