On June 29, the Indian Government banned 59 China linked apps, including hugely popular TikTok, UC Browser and Cam Scanner,for being threat to national security, Days after being banned in India, Chinese video sharing app TikTok is pulling out of Hong Kong and may lose another big market for the app after the US.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Monday night said that the US is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. TikTok has around 37.2 million users in the USA.
Mike Pompeo said that the United States has to take a different path on China as the previous policy of helping them open up their economy with the belief that this would lead to more political freedom has not worked.
TikTok has been under fire by several other countries including the US, India and Australia
State Secretary Mike Pompeo said “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President, but it’s something we’re looking at.”
In an interview Pompeo told Tony Perkins of Washington that “The theory of the case that was more economic opening will lead to more political freedoms, more fundamental rights being provided to the Chinese people, just turned out not to have been true. It just didn’t work. I’m not criticizing those who came before; we can now plainly see that it didn’t work, and that means the United States has to take a different path.”
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News