Will the United States Be Banning TikTok?
Not too long ago, it seemed like TikTok would be losing its status in India; The Indian government questioned the app’s intentions towards “sovereignty and integrity.” Now the question is whether or not that app will be facing this same fate in the US.
The United States Secretary of State, Mike Peompeo, hinted that the country will be looking into banning TikTok, as well as a few other Chinese sponsored apps. This address is one coming from the country’s “national security concerns.” However, Peompeo stated that he’s not trying to “get in front of the president,” he only wishes to address a current situation that the government is looking into.
Mike Peompeo also shared that the people of the US are not being kept from downloading the app at this time. In his eyes, anyone who wants their private information leaked to the “Chinese Communist Party” is free to continue enjoying the platform.
Peompeo’s comments did not get far before a spokesman from the app jumped up and assured Buzzfeed news that TikTok was led by an American CEO. In addition, the spokesman claimed that there were thousands of individuals alongside the company working on “safety, security, product, and public policy” in the US. On the contrary, Mike Peompeo’s thoughts on the app were strongly geared towards the ever rising tensions between the US and China. The two countries have been in enormous debates over topics such as security, trade, and even technology.
With TokTok being the first Chinese sponsored social media platform to really take off, the app managed to make its way onto nearly 315 million phones just a few months into the year. If the Secretary of State’s suspicions hold true, the Chinese government would be able to discreetly download and copy whatever information they want from US citizens.
This is not the first time people have questioned the app. Even when China first took over the platform, some assumed TikTok was still running even after the app was closed. This, of course, did not stop the millions of users enjoying TikTok’s addicting entertainment. So, what are your thoughts on the matter?