Days after India banned 59 Chinese apps over national security concerns, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said that the United States was "looking at" banning China-based social media apps, including popular short-form video sharing application TikTok.

"I don't want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it's something we're looking at," Pompeo 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."

Pompeo's remarks have come days after he backed New Delhi's decision to ban TikTok and certain other Chinese apps, saying the move will boost India's sovereignty. They also come amid rising tensions between US and China most recently due to the Hong Kong national security law.

 

Calling them "appendages of Communist Party of China's surveillance state", Pompeo last weel welcomed India's decision to ban 59 Chinese apps and said the move will boost the country's sovereignty, integrity and national security.

"We welcome India's ban on certain mobile apps that can serve as appendages of CCP's surveillance state. India's clean app approach will boost India's sovereignty, will also boost India's integrity and national security, as the Indian government itself has stated," he told reporters in Washington DC.

 

Last week, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese tech firms Huawei, ZTE and their subsidiaries "national security threat". The move will bar US telecom companies from using USD 8.3 billion Federal Universal Service Fund on equipment or services produced or provided by these Chinese firms.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma