United States ‘Certainly Looking At’ Banning TikTok App

It was previously reported that the United States Marine Corps had banned the TikTok app over security concerns and Senators sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire asking him to investigate what type of “national security risk” the app poses.

Could all of that be leading up to banning the app in the entire country?

Well, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United States is looking at banning apps whose parent company is in China — which includes the TikTok app.

The U.S. government currently characterizes TikTok as a “mass surveillance and propaganda” facilitator.

“We’re certainly looking at it,” Pompeo said, via CNBC. “We’ve worked on this very issue for a long time. Whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure, we’ve gone all over the world and we’re making real progress getting that out. We declared ZTE a danger to American national security. With respect to Chinese apps on peoples’ cell phones, the United States will get this one right too.”

TikTok is based in Beijing and owned by the tech company ByteDance. It has been downloaded over 110 million times in the United States.

Stone, Staffordshire / UK - October 25 2019: TikTok app logo on a smartphone screen and flags of China and United States on the blurred background. The app is in centre of US - China tensions.


The company, however, claims that its servers are based out of China and that they are committed to transparency for its users. The app is also not available within China.

“At TikTok, we take these issues incredibly seriously as well. We are committed to transparency and accountability in how we support our TikTok users in the US and around the world,” the statement from TikTok read. “TikTok does not remove content based on sensitivities related to China. We have never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content and we would not do so if asked. Period.”

TikTok was first launched in 2017 and is available for download on iOS and Android devices. Earlier this year, TikTok hit one billion downloads globally with the app available in over 150 markets and 75 languages.

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